A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides
The compelling and insightful account of a New York Times reporter's abduction by the Taliban, and his wife's struggle to free him.
Invited to an interview by a Taliban commander, New York Times reporter David Rohde and two Afghan colleagues were kidnapped in November 2008 and spirited to the tribal areas of Pakistan. For the next seven months, they lived in an alternate
"A Rope and a Prayer" is a story of what it is like to be a kidnap victim of the Taliban with everyday not knowing if it will be your last. Y ...more
It is an account revealing the defiant, vengeful, aimless and ragtag nature of radical Islam cast in the backdrop of a good international historical explanation of prior circumstances.
It provides some insight into a culture in chao ...more
The two were newly married, and Mr. Rohde was in Afghanistan, hoping to snag one more interview for a book he was writing. After that, he promised his wife he'd come home and settle down. The catch is that the interview was with a Taliban leader in the dicey tribal border lands of Pakistan.
Of course, ...more
I found the characters engaging and remarkably cool and capable,the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan confused and complex. How one can navigate the Afghan problem with multiple ethnic, r ...more
I first heard about this book on NPR, and I was instantly drawn to the story. I downloaded the sample on my Kindle, and I was sucked in. Then, I realized that the book was one of the more expensive releases on the Kindle, so I ordered it from the library. Having a gap in there between reading the first part and coming up on the waitlist at the library probably made it feel like the story dragged on more than it actually did ...more
(1) It is the true story of David being kidnapped and held for over six months!
(2) It’s the story as told by Kristen, newly married, sharing her feelings as her husband was being held.
(3) It gives really wonderful insight into the Taliban and what they think and believe.
(4) The writing is so very good that I got the sense of what David and Kristen went through.
(5) Has a great ending too!
I highly recommen ...more