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I would very much like to believe, like other reviewers do, that she can’t possibly know all the things she claims to know, because why would people confide in a foreigner like this, why do all these people speak English? View all 4 comments.

Finding libraries that hold this item His sons do not eo up against their father’s wishes which prevent them from having a decent childhood as they slave away in his shops.

Before that these had once bee the headquarters of the equally brutal Soviets. A very interesting, journalistic depiction of life in Afghanistan as told from inside the tent of a relatively well-to-do family, with particular attention to the experiences of females.

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I loved the characters. Jan 28, Margitte rated it it was ok Shelves: Jul 26, Daniela rated it liked it. Aug 10, Eileen rated it it was amazing. The question remains though: The book highlights the effect of suppression on human lives.

Not long back from Pakistan and it was the perfect time to read this. In a nutshell, even though this is non fictional account of a journalist-turned-author’s experience of living in a dangerous and repressive Muslim country, yet somehow, this book is not that great enough to read and explore about such a country. There’s a common current between some political persuasions in the USA and the Taliban, both really dislike women having pre-martial sex, both are strongly inspired by the Bible and want to see religion at the heart of their national cultures, both believe in saying no to drugs, yet perhaps when librrro came down to it the Americans were just too jealous of the Taliban’s free and easy gun culture.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. In this way, I disagree with her portrayal. I am not sure I like the way the story reads, In spring award winning journalist Asne Seiratad spent four months living with the bookseller and his family but while the story is told I was slightly confused about this book as when I read the blurb I thought the book was going to be about the bookseller himself and his book shop and about kkabul he defied the authorities to supply books to the people of Kabul but this book sways away from the blurb and concentrates more on Sultan Khan’s family.

El librero de Kabul

In springfollowing the fall of the Taliban, Asne Seierstad spent four months living with a bookseller and his family in Kabul. However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study. In this she takes a step back and lets the Khans speak for themselves, libero you see a very private life inside an Afghan family.

I don’t understand how she can write that way without even writing herself in, therefore allowing the follies of inter cultural miscommunication and misunderstanding play a part.

The world of the burka, Seierstad tell us, is a smelly one, with restricted vision an added bonus. As she steps back from the page and allows the Khans to speak for themselves, we learn of proposals and marriages, hope and fear, crime and punishment. Jun 01, T for Tongue-tied rated libreero really liked it Eel No sooner have the women of the household – The whole Khan family are on the plump side, certainly compared to Afghan standards.

Nothing is straight forward with Seierstad, not even the title of her book. Delivering pizzas in Germany is far more lucrative than working as a flight engineer [in Afghanistan] p58 Seierstad, a Norwegian journalist, stayed as a guest of the bookseller of Kabul of the title shortly after the fall of the Taliban.


Not only does she entirely write herself out of the story, which completely limits the reader’s ability to validate whether or not her interactions yielded this much understanding about the family, but she disregards the fact that many of her observations might be from an oblique angle and that her presence itself undoubtedly must have affected the family.

Libro 16 – Il libraio di Dw. Living in a small flat with a large family, all traumatised in different ways by the experience of war and exile in Pakistan – occasionally dreaming of the bright lights of Tehran – while obliged to wear a burka when out on the streets is not an easy experience for an outsider.

He suffered watching illiterate Taliban thugs burn piles of his books in the streets of Kabul, so he hid them.

The authority changed from Afghans to communists to Taliban, but the persecutions remained the same; imprisonment, arrest, beatings and regular interrogation. The characters are the most disappointing fact of this book as they will not only fail to impress the readers of the book, but will only irk them up with their lack of development.

The backdrop of an unhinged Kabul is portrayed strikingly by the author in her story line, and have successfully captured both the rugged and golden terrains and landscape as well as the struggle of the country’s citizens, especially the women.


Nothing is straight forwar I reached for “The Bookseller of Kabul” for two reasons. Cancel Forgot your password?

I guess I’m happy I read it. In retrospect I am more annoyed with myself for wasting valuable time and energy in allowing it to happen! Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item