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The Bookseller Of Kabul
The Bookseller Of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
Two weeks after September 11th, award-winning journalist sne Seierstad went to Afghanistan to report on the conflict there. In the following spring she returned to live with an Afghan family for several months. For more than twenty years Sultan Khan defied the authorities - be they communist or Taliban - to supply books to the people of Kabul. He was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned by the communists and watched illiterate Taliban soldiers burn piles of his books in the street. He even resorted to hiding most of his stock in attics all over Kabul. But while Khan is passionate in his love of books and hatred of censorship, he is also a committed Muslim with strict views on family life. As an outsider, Seierstad is able to move between the private world of the women - including Khan's two wives - and the more public lives of the men. And so we learn of proposals and marriages, suppression and abuse of power, crime and punishment. The result is a gripping and moving portrait of a family, and a clear-eyed assessment of a country struggling to free itself from history.
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Kaila-ann
The Bookseller Of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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I don‘t want to say too much, this is my pick for round 7 of #lmpbc. Between pick and so-so. It‘s an important story to tell but I felt overwhelmed by it at the same time. I also felt like the writing was a little stiff and journalistic at times but considering the subject material, maybe that was the best way the author knew how to get the message out there without being completely overwhelmed herself. Again, a tough but necessary read overall.

Kaila-ann #nfnov #TIL: I wouldn‘t make it half an hour as a woman in Afghanistan. And my heartbreaks for all of the woman that are denied basic opportunities that it is so easy to take for granted here such as going to school and choosing who to spend my life with. 3w
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Kaila-ann
The Bookseller Of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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Starting this tonight for #round7 of #lmpbc. #nfnov

jb72 Cool 😎 I‘m starting my book this weekend. 4w
Kaila-ann @jb72 yay 😊! I‘m definitely excited for this round! 4w
Princess-Kingofkings I really liked this one. 4w
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jb72 @Kaila-ann Me too! 4w
Kaila-ann @Princess-Kingofkings I didn‘t get very far before my eyes started to close but I already have a feeling that it‘s going to be interesting 😊. 4w
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Kaila-ann
The Bookseller Of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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Alright #groupN of #lmpbc round 7 - does this look like our lineup for the round?? If so, I‘m pretty excited 😍😍.

IvoryLunatic That looks awesome! 2mo
Sbk89 Yay! 2mo
REPollock Super excited!!! 2mo
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LaraReads
The Bookseller Of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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#brunchandabook Brunch, now an afternoon full of volleyball! 💜🏐💜🏐 The place we ate brunch uses books to deliver the check. How perfect is that?

swishandflick That looks delicious! 9mo
LaraReads @swishandflick It really was! And makes me wish I had the slightest idea how to poach an egg on my own! 🤣🤣🥚🍳 9mo
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Parvez
The Bookseller Of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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The pathos in this book lies in the hopes and aspirations of the members of the Khan family living in a post-Taliban Afghanistan.This book draws a very humane picture of an obscure society, a picture that very often fails to filter through the coloured glasses of mainstream media.

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Caroline2
The Bookseller Of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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Today‘s charity shop book haul! 😍

Velvetfur Oohh I'm terrible for charity shop books! You got a good haul there 😀👍 1y
SW-T Good haul 😊 1y
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 I loved the Deborah Harkness books and am looking forward to her new one. #litsypenpal letter on the way today!! 1y
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MeganAnn Deborah Harkness‘s All Souls Trilogy is one of my favorites! Can‘t wait to see the tv series based on this trilogy and to read her new book 😍 Stacked the tagged book - it looks interesting. 1y
rachaich @MeganAnn when is the series due out? I adored the boojs :) 1y
MeganAnn @rachaich it airs in the UK on Sky One September 14th. It‘ll be available in the US on Sundance Now and Shudder in early 2019 but they haven‘t released an air date for that yet. If you haven‘t seen the trailer yet, check it out: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sy9Jzd5lU8 1y
CarolynM @MeganAnn @rachaich All Souls books were great, I'm looking forward to the TV version too. 1y
rachaich @MeganAnn thank you xx 1y
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Lcsmcat
The Bookseller Of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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I read this years ago, and what I remember most strongly is the author‘s description of how stifling it felt to bear the restrictions of a woman in #Afghanistan. #augustisatrip @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

vkois88 😢 1y
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bookishbitch
The Bookseller Of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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I may have hit a book sale for a local libray today. #notsorry

Soubhiville Wow, I‘d like to see more pics of those old fairy tales! Nice haul! 1y
bookishbitch @Soubhiville I'm sure I'll post some. 1y
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WhiskeyMistress
The Bookseller of Kabul | sne Seierstad
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Chose this for today‘s #readingresolutions prompt #bookstore. I know this book has had some mixed reviews, but I enjoyed it. @Jess7

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Jinjer
The Bookseller Of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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Pickpick

Like the author, I really wanted to punch these men in the face the way they treat women. 😡

The author lived in the house with this family so we learn what daily life is like for them. Made my problems and complaints seem pretty ridiculous. Also made me really grateful for modern conveniences such as air conditioning, hot running water, washing machines, and refrigerators.

Read this book if you‘re interested in daily lives of real people.

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Martta
The Bookseller Of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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I went to look for a new bike. I saw a lot of nice bikes but came home with these. Maybe I'll find the perfect bike next week. 🚲😁

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Dorien
The Bookseller Of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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Just finished this one...

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TheCanuckReader
The Bookseller Of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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This one gives an intimate look into a traditional post-Taliban Afghan family. There's a bit about books, but more about the bookseller. It taught me that I'd last about 1 min as a woman in a traditional Afghan family as I wouldn't take kindly to the treatment of women and would prob punch most men in this book in the head...including the bookseller. #notyourbiatch #respectmeorbitemedude

Hooked_on_books I've often said I would have been stoned to death years ago in that type of culture. 2y
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Lcsmcat
The Bookseller Of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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HannaPolkadots Reading Lolita in Teheran is so great! I've bought it for myself many times but every time I end up giving it to one of my students 2y
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Lcsmcat
The Bookseller Of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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One year my book group read only books #setintheMiddleEast. Here are four of the ones we read. #Maybookflowers @RealLifeReading

CouronneDhiver Of those ones, I've only read Three Cups, but I remember liking it 🙂 3y
ValerieAndBooks That's really interesting, reading only one theme throughout a year. Is that something you do every year? 3y
Lcsmcat @Valerie and Books This was my old book group (we've moved across the country since then) and we didn't do it every year, maybe about half the time. This started by accident. We just happened to pick 2 or 3 books set in the Middle East, and decided to run with it. It was during Bush II so it seemed important. Other themes were more vague like, characters overcoming obstacles. 3y
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sunflowers
The Bookseller Of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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The book is well written. The storyline keeps your attention; but the heart of the story keeps you asking the tough, sometimes unanswerable questions long after you put the book down...an excellent read.

Jinjer Just finished it and totally agree. 1y
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sunflowers
The Bookseller Of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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Loving this book so far! It's well written and every page continues to keep my attention. I don't want to put it down! Thank you again, @bookish_wookish

bookish_wookish Im so glad youre enjoying it! 😄 3y
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BooksRockMyWorld
Bookseller of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
Pickpick

I did expect a bit more, perhaps more beauty and attention to writing. It is a very journalistic and somewhat objective approuch to the subject. Still, once I shifted my expectations I really enjoyed it. People should read this book.

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BooksRockMyWorld
Bookseller of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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A good point. 😂

Varshitha I can never do it but I have a friend who reads the last few pages of every new book I get to know how it ends and holds it over my head like one superpower she has over me 😄 3y
BooksRockMyWorld @Varshitha haha that's sweet! I used to do it all the time, but dropped out of the habit since I started using Kindle. :) 3y
JoeStalksBeck Haha great movie! 3y
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BooksRockMyWorld
Bookseller of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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BooksRockMyWorld
The Bookseller Of Kabul | Asne Seierstad
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What to read next? Please help! Conflicted between Picoult's "Sing You Home", Seierstad's "The Bookseller of Kabul" and "I let you go" by C. Mackintosh.
Thanks you, littens! ❤

erzascarletbookgasm I've only read I Let You Go, and I recommend it! 3y
BooksRockMyWorld @erzascarletbookgasm thank you! It really sounds great. :) 3y
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