Three Women of Herat: A Memoir of Life, Love and Friendship in Afghanistan
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Three Women of Herat: A Memoir of Life, Love and Friendship in Afghanistan

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In the years before the communist coup and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Veronica Doubleday set up home in the ancient city of Herat with her husband, who was researching Central Asian music. At first, her only glimpses of women were as shadows--faceless and voiceless. Gradually, however, she formed friendships with three young mothers who welcomed her into their liv...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 25th 2006 by Tauris Parke Paperbacks (first published 1988)
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I love memoirs that make you feel both that you know the author, and that you would have liked being there, and knowing the people she knew. Doubleday paints a picture of life in Afghanistan long gone and yet, in some ways still existing. It's part brutal, part uplifting and at the end I had to remind myself it was real.

Love and friendship are everywhere, and some people will always been willing to welcome outsiders into their world. An excellent book if you're curious about women living with (...more
Norain MT
May 08, 2011 Norain MT rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Feminist, I guess. As long as you were not man.
Recommended to Norain MT by: An accidental encounter.
If you are non-Muslim reading this book, my advice and warning is, this book does not show the real image of Islam. It shows the image of some Muslims but not all. For example in the issue of male as leaders of a house, the men in the memoir did not do as the Quran rightly teaches us. Heck, this problem persists until today. Some men just cannot get the idea of being more superior to women out of their heads, no matter from which religious and cultural background they come from.
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