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Samira and Samir

3.41  ·  Rating Details  ·  528 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
This is a story of love and courage, and of a remarkable woman who finds her own path in life. When the young girl, Samira, is born, her father - a brave commander fighting in the mountainous land of Afghanistan - decides to bring her up as a boy known as Samir. Soon the fact that Samir is really a girl has been forgotten. Samir learns to fight, ride and shoot, and when he ...more
Published 2006 by Pustaka Alvabet (first published September 29th 2003)
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One of the most outlandish stories I’ve ever read. But what’s weird about the story is also what makes it brilliant: the duality of the character.

This beautiful girl (Samira) is brought up as a boy (Samir) in a culture that shames having a daughter as the first child, and worse, the only child.

Consequently, the father raises his Samira as Samir. He teaches her how to fight, ride, Shoot, haunt, etc. She dresses like a boy, talks like boy, walks like a boy. But Samira shows courage, she shows st
Ahmad Sharabiani
همسر یکی از فرماندهان جنگ آبستن است، اما بچه دختر است، این برای فرماندهی که مردم او را مظهر مردی و مردانگی میشمارند، ننگ بزرگی ست، پدر و مادر نام نوزاد را سمیرا میگذارند، و با هم قرار میگذارند جلوی دیگران او را سمیر صدا کنند
Francis Franklin
May 31, 2015 Francis Franklin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true
A deeply emotional story with very well portrayed, vivid characters, that provides an insight to Afghan culture and the suffering of women.
Jul 10, 2008 Vargha rated it really liked it
One of the best books I've ever read! The story is HARD TO BELIEVE, but the writing style is awesome.
Jan 21, 2015 Nadi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sad yet amazing and also true story of a brave Woman in Afghanistan. Another story that gives you the courage to be who you want to be. A girl's struggles trying to know herself, her goals, and fulfill her parents and her society's wishes. The story shows you that nothing is impossible, and YOU are in charge of your life, no matter what. As it says in the book:
"Be afraid of only one thing. Of not living your life"
"As long as we live we have the strength to make whatever we want from our life
Faith Mortimer
Difficult to star rate this book as I really want to give it a 3.5*, not quite a 4*

This novel is an extraordinary true story of a young Afghan girl, who is brought up as a boy by her parents. Her father is devastated that his wife has not brought forth a boy child as his first born. There are a few parts in the telling that I found a bit confusing. For example; father needed a son as his first born, to succeed him as commander of their nomadic tribe. Not sure whether Afghan culture demanded the
Sana'a Abdul latheef
Apr 23, 2013 Sana'a Abdul latheef rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs
An outstanding story about a girl who was brought up as a boy in Afghanistan. It's very uniquely written and there is no sugar coating anywhere in the story, rather completely realistic. It visualizes the trauma faced by the girl and the difficult decisions she has to undertake in her life as a boy-girl. There is this tension going on between the boy and girl in her head, and she is confused about how to move on with her life. At a very young age, she witnesses all sorts of cruelties in the adul ...more
Jun 02, 2015 Amene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
موضوع و محتوا تکراری بود،دختری که نباید دختر باشد.باید مرد بشود ،عاشق مردی می شود و با او می گریزد،اما انتهای داستان که متفاوت با داستان های معمول است و او می رود حتی بعد از این که مدتی زن بودن را امتحان می کند.نکته ی بسیار مهم و قابل توجه نثرترجمه است که اصالت زبان و لهجه ی افغانی نویسنده را به بهترین نحو حفظ کرده است.مسلما ماجراهای زنان و رنج آن ها در جوامع عقب مانده پایانی ندارد.
Personalmente la ritengo "la Lady Oscar mediorientale".
Padre non soddisfatto dalla nascita di una femmina, decide di crescerla come un maschio e fare di lei un guerriero.
Comunque è un bel libro, molto intenso.
Novi Maizir
Mar 04, 2008 Novi Maizir rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Entah knapa selalu tertarik dengan kisah perempuan-perempuan afghanistan and this one is a nice book...
May 06, 2014 Fika rated it really liked it
It is hard to be a woman. I feel for Samira as i grew up in a culture where girls cant really have fun. I understand her father too as my dad also had 4 girls no boys--i help him out with the house chores that mostly done by boys.

I love this book very much, how she finally grew up and just follow her heart and be who she want to be. Its a hard time, and again as i said i could understand and enjoy every page of it.

The ending is all up to us--but for me i think the best way to describe the ending
Nur Islah
May 03, 2016 Nur Islah rated it liked it
Awalnya saya mengira buku ini bercerita tentang kisah percintaan Samira dan Samir. Ternyata bukan, Samira dan Samir adalah orang yang sama. Dia adalah anak perempuan yang dididik menjadi lelaki tangguh.

Cerita agak membosankan di awal sampai pertengahan, tapi mulai seru saat Samira kehilangan ayah dan memulai hidup baru di desa kakeknya. Dia berjuang keras memutuskan akan menjadi laki-laki atau perempuan, apalagi saat dua kakak beradik (berbeda jenis kelamin) anak komandan di desa itu mencintain
Sep 19, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it
This is an interesting story of a girl called Samira, who is brought up as a boy called Samir by her parents in Afghanistan.

Since the first child of the Commander needs to be a son- else the Commander is expected to marry twice, Samira is raised as a son. She is taught horse riding, a game called "buzkashi", hunting among the mountains and many "manly" stuffs by her father- the Commander. While the girl enjoys her childhood with her beloved father, her mother Daria is grief-stricken with the gu
Apr 07, 2008 Mita rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: your mummy & daddy...
This book pretty much gave us the picture about how patriarchy culture have developed even in a very small community n' very personally...

Love the personal struggle n' decision that Samira trough. Also love about revealing her gender and her identity crisis...

...Samir (Samira), yang kelahirannya tidak diharapkan karena berkelamin perempuan, dipaksa, dididik dan tumbuh menjadi seorang pria oleh ayahnya yang seorang pimpinan pasukan perang di sebuah desa di kaki gunung. Ibunya hidup dalam depres
Dini Puspitarini
Nov 30, 2011 Dini Puspitarini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku ini saya beli pada tanggal 6 sept 2007 di pameran buku2 Islam. Waktu itu saya lagi seneng-senengnya membaca novel-novel Islami gara-gara fenomena Ayat-Ayat Cinta. Tapi ironisnya, sebenarnya Samira dan Samir sendiri bukan jenis buku yang mengandung unsur Islam di dalamnya.

Buku ini mengisahkan tentang seorang gadis bernama Samira yang dibesarkan ayahnya sebagai laki-laki bernama Samir. Kesalahan cara didik ini menjadikan hidup Samira kian kompleks. Samira mencintai sahabat laki-lakinya, Bashi
Dini Puspitarini
Nov 30, 2011 Dini Puspitarini rated it really liked it
Buku ini saya beli pada tanggal 6 sept 2007 di pameran buku2 Islam. Waktu itu saya lagi seneng-senengnya membaca novel-novel Islami gara-gara fenomena Ayat-Ayat Cinta. Tapi ironisnya, sebenarnya Samira dan Samir sendiri bukan jenis buku yang mengandung unsur Islam di dalamnya.

Buku ini mengisahkan tentang seorang gadis bernama Samira yang dibesarkan ayahnya sebagai laki-laki bernama Samir. Kesalahan cara didik ini menjadikan hidup Samira kian kompleks. Samira mencintai sahabat laki-lakinya, Bashi
Sep 23, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of the story was sort of.. cruel and therefore I absolutly did not like the story. It was until the middle of the story I really got into the book. At that point I started to like the story more and more, I started to like the characters, and I started to like the author's writing style. A lot of repetitive phrases were used, and because I couldn't connect the dots immediatly I had the impression that the author would have a lack of creativity. But let me tell you this: Don't judge ...more
Hessa AlAtawi
May 23, 2016 Hessa AlAtawi rated it liked it
This is one of the books which were written following the pattern of Khalid Hosseini giving a negative image about the Afghani traditions & culture especially in terms of women. However, Hosseini thinks Taliban was the main reason for the discrimination between the two sexes while this book shows that with or without Taliban, the tribal traditions will lead to the discrimination.
To be honest I disliked this book . The author plot was very disturbing and through the story the events truly made me uncomftrable they were sexually wrong , it was a tragedy and only big-twsited tragedy .
though the style of the writting was new and intresting , sadly that is all that intrested me in the book .
Kurniatri Tisnoviandarini
pertama aku dikirimin buku ini sama temenku aku cuma tumpuk di lemari khusus bukuku...karena aku pikir..yaah...setebal itu pasti lama bacanya..hehehe
kemaren...karena udah bingung mau ngapain utk membunuh malam krn insomnia..akhirnya kuambillah itu buku..n mulai ngebaca...
sedikit gak niat sih...tapi bgt baca bab pertamanya....edaan!!!!...kenapa penggambarannya se real itu yaa...bacanya sambil nyengir2 ngilu...
akhirnya penasaran utk bab2 berikutnya..:D
silahkan baca deh...dijamin...kl yg baca perem
Apr 28, 2014 Makenna rated it really liked it
Great book! The only thing that bothered me was the dialogue was without speech marks (""). And the ending was sort of lost, but overall it was an enjoyable read.
Aug 27, 2015 Jaqueline marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Me lo aspettavo completamente differente. Non mi ha convinto del tutto, racconta di una storia vera eppure non é riuscito a coinvolgermi. Forse é stata la totale assenza dei discorsi diretti, forse dei personaggi quasi astratti. La cosa positiva é stata la sua lunghezza, l'ho letto in qualche ora e forse per questo non mi ha stufata. Ho trovato comunque bellissimi i dialoghi tra la protagonista e il maestro.

«Non ho nessun sogno da vivere.
Hai molti sogni, dice l’affabile maestro.
Io lo so. Riesco
May 07, 2008 Helma added it
Great Novel!!! Great Story!!
seorang anak Manusia yang dilahirkan ke dunia sebagai seorang wanita, tetapi sang ayah mengubahnya menjadi seorang laki-laki sejati,.. Samira dan Samir,.. satu pribadi yang sungguh sangat menarik!!!
kita sebagai manusia dapat menjadi apa saja sesuai dengan keinginan kita hanya dengan membiasakan diri kita untuk berusaha dan bersungguh-sungguh dalam menggapai apa yang kita inginkan!!
Samira dan Samir memberikan wacana sendiri tentang kehidupan rakyat Afganistan,..
akhir c
Awaisha Inayat
Aug 04, 2015 Awaisha Inayat rated it it was ok
Plot was good, but the way its written the book isn't catchy at all.
Apr 20, 2016 Pam rated it did not like it
Couldn't finish. Rubbish.
Rhoomy Alshamsi
perfect book.
Ape G
May 14, 2014 Ape G added it
An excellent read.
Jul 13, 2011 Khim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boek gebaseerd op ware gebeurtenissen. Gaat over een nomaden gezin in een land waar je maar beter geboren kunt worden als man. Als vrouw stel je daar niet veel voor. De commandant en zijn vrouw verwachten een kindje en tot het grote verdriet van de commandant wordt er een meisje geboren. Hij besluit om haar te laten opgroeien als een echte man. Als Samira ouder is zal ze toch eens haar echte identiteit moeten vrijgeven. Je leest verder over de leefregels, omgeving en hoe het is om in Afganistan ...more
Mar 17, 2008 Annic rated it it was amazing
Buku yang bikin trenyuh, karena kebudayaan yang tak beradap menjadikan seseorang harus merubah kodrat-nya.
Kasihan, saya membacanya sampai meneteskan air mata. Seandainya dia bisa menjadi samira pasti akan menjadi wanita yang sangat bersahaja. Sampai-sampai jika itu benar-benar nyata aku berdo'a semoga dengan dia pergi meninggalkan semuanya dia bisa menemukan tempat yang baru dan mempunyai identitas baru dan sesuai dengan kodratnya bisa hidup normal mempunyai suami dan anak.
This might be a nice book, I don't know. I read the Indonesian version which is not good in time presentation. I mean: past, present and future is not well delivered. It is difficult sometimes to understand the sequence from one story to the next. I haven't read the original version, hopefully this was good book that only lack in translation. If this book needs to be printed more, please check the translation and editing to make it better.
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Writer and maker of documentaries and films, Siba Shakib was born in Iran. She grew up in Teheran and recalls learning early in life that ‘girls have lesser value than boys’. She attended a German school in Teheran. where she received lessons in five religions and where she learnt different languages. Her higher education took place mainly in Germany where she completed her studies at the Universi ...more
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