Monday, June 18, 2007

The Bookseller of Kabul

The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad

From the Publisher
For more than twenty years Sultan Khan defied the authorities to supply books to the people of Kabul. He was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned, and watched illiterate soldiers burn piles of his books in the street. In spring 2002 award-winning journalist Asne Seierstad spent four months living with the bookseller and his family. As Seierstad steps back from the page and lets the Khans tell their stories, we learn of proposals and marriages, hope and fear, crime and punishment. The result is a unique portrait of a family and a country

What an interesting book!!! The author simply states the Khans story. She does so without judgement and so the story is made even more powerful. Sultan with one hand treats his women relatives with distain,little more than slaves and on the other hand condemns the burka. This book gives us a rare glimpse into a different culture. We are provided with a portrait of a family in Afghanistan. We learn the customs of proposals,marriages, crime and punishment. We find out about the women and their ideas and fears.




Kelly said...

I have been looking at this one for awhile now, but haven't bought it yet. I'm still on the fence.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

This is on my wishlist, too. One day...

Dana said...

It was very educational. It also has the ability to make you thankful you were brought up in this culture