Charlie Matthews is an American, that has done his stint in the Gulf War, now on assignment as an Aid worker in Pakistan as a deminer all he wants to do is get though it and then open a dive shop in Belize.
Noor Khan is an Afghanistani refugee in Pakistan, living in a refugee camp, all she wants to be is equal and free.
The thing that captivated me about this book is that it played out like a movie. So many interwoven characters and storylines that all le ...more
Charlie, a young Gulf War veteran has been employed by a demining agency whose expectations of any success or progress in the region to be unlikely and low. Whilst getting used to the pace of the city he bumps into Noor, a twenty ...more
From the opening chapters, where we are introduced to Noor's family as they flee Afghanistan and Charlie, a 25 year old Gulf War veteran who wants to make a difference in the world, to the compelling final chapter, I could not put this book down.
Not only are we introduced to the two main characters, but we are captivat ...more
OMG! I cannot STAND this heroine! There is nothing I hate more than a self righteous heroine. I find her even more disgusting since compared to 98% of the other females who live in refugee camps, she has had it EASY! She has made it to adulthood retaining her virtue (as far as I know), she has a job, she has HOPE for her future. While so many other's just exist! The fact that she is aware of her "righteous ...more
This novel starts off during 1981 in Kabul as Noor and her family flee Afghanistan when the Russians invade. They become refugees and move to Peshawar in Pakistan. The book then moves onto 1991 and she meets Charlie Matthews, an American aid worker. From here this novel becomes very cross-genre.
Refuge is a ...more
“Refuge” is a touching, timeless and unforgettable love story set in the mystical and seething city of Peshawar, Pakistan. This story was inspired from experiences working as a young aid worker teaching school in an Afghan refugee camp and the author’s words truly shines throughout this wonderful book. Although a fiction this novel seems quite real.
This brilliantly romantic drama showcases a world where the right to love is lethal and freedom for women is non-existe ...more
Did it do it for me?
No...no it did not.
A short and succinct list to what contributed to my lack of interest in the story:
- there was a lack of depth and realism to the characters (development, ...more
This book was a complicated one for me, because I really liked the overall story, but I still had some issues with it that definitely got in the way of the reading experience. The plot follows three main characters: Charlie, an American who has moved to Peshawar, Pakistan to work for a company called Mine Aware that hopes to demine villages and fields in Afghanistan; Noor, an Afghan refugee who teaches at a girl's school and hopes to get ...more
From here on out, there may be spoilers. *************
Much of the story focuses on ...more
Charlie is an American aid worker and war vet who went to Peshawar to lead a demining project. His reasons for being there are kind of shallow as he just wants to earn some money to open a di ...more
It’s a familiar scenario we all love. However, this is a not a novel about a vampire and a human, or a dystopian world of a distant future. This story takes place in our world… in Pakistan circa 1991 and is about the unlikely and v ...more
These characters are all very real. I adore Wali, he is by far my favourite character and I sincerely hope we haven't heard the last from him!!
Having seen other reviews that mentioned Tariq, I was desperately looking for redeeming qualities or reasons for what he has become - there are none. There is ...more
This means that these characters had substance. And hell yes they did.
Noor, Noor, Noor. As someone who comes from an Asian family, I kind of do understand your plight. And Noor was so relatable to me. However sometimes I wanted to reach through into the book and start beating up the chauvinist pigs in there when Noor was too well mannered to do ...more
I don't think I've ever been so infuriated by charcters before.
I think it is because the subject matter is so real and the consequences are so dire.
Noor is everything a heroine should be: intelligent, slo ...more
Aber auch der Rest hat mich begeistert: Die Stadt Peschawar als Schauplatz, die gut ausgearbeiteten Charaktere allen voran Charlie und Noor und die durchaus realistische Handlung. Das Buch gibt dem Leser einen kleinen Einblick in eine Welt, die man sonst nur aus den ...more
I grew up in Angus, Scotland and from there went south to England for my schooling at Winchester College. At eighteen I took a detour to Peshawar, Pakistan where I taught both Pakistani school children and Afghan refugees and then returned a year later and went on to university at Oxford where I studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
After Oxford, I had a burning desire to be in the film indus...more