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Under a Sickle Moon: A Journey Through Afghanistan

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In 1984 journalist Peregrine Hodson crossed the Pakistan border into Afghanistan with rebel mujahedin smuggling arms and ammunition, beginning a thousand-mile journey through the war-torn nation. Fluent in Farsi, he was able to observe the war with stunning intimacy and eloquently capture the essence of the Afghan people and their culture. As the travelers survived bombing ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 8th 2002 by Grove Press (first published January 1st 1986)
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Aledra
Nov 10, 2009 Aledra rated it really liked it
Pictures of life in the "80's when Russia was trying to take over the Afghans have come back to me many times because of this book. It is not a page-turner, but it does give insights into life and attitudes. I recommend it for our current situation with Afghanistan.
DoctorM
Jun 18, 2009 DoctorM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the very best memoirs from the Russian war in Afghanistan. Hodson went to Afghanistan in 1984, during the bleakest part of the war, and his account is sombre, thoughtful, and beautifully-written. Hodson would've been thirty during this trip, and his later career (barrister, merchant banker in Bubble-era Tokyo, author of "Circle Round the Sun" about his Tokyo days) is at least as fascinating as "Under a Sickle Moon"--- a life one has to envy.

Hodson, by the way, read Oriental languages at
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DoctorM
Jun 18, 2009 DoctorM rated it it was amazing
One of the very best memoirs from the Russian war in Afghanistan. Hodson went to Afghanistan in 1984, during the bleakest part of the war, and his account is sombre, thoughtful, and beautifully-written. Hodson would've been thirty during this trip, and his later career (barrister, merchant banker in Bubble-era Tokyo, author of "Circle Round the Sun" about his Tokyo days) is at least as fascinating as "Under a Sickle Moon"--- a life one has to envy.

Hodson, by the way, read Oriental languages at
...more
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Apr 01, 2013 Alyssa Doherty rated it it was ok
This book kind of dragged on and had too much detail about the little things. There wasn't as much action as I expected and I just generally didn't like it.
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