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4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  156 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Modern events sometime demand the reissue of a book published several years ago. Hirsh's internationally acclaimed 1986 novel, Kabul, provides an almost miraculous window into a country and its people that now have captured the world's attention.

When the last Afghan king is deposed in the summer of 1973, the family of Omar Anwari, his loyal cabinet minister, is torn apart
Paperback, 464 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1986)
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Christine Fay
Oct 02, 2015 Christine Fay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
The lives of Mangal, Tor and Saira Anwari are followed during a time of political unrest in Afghanistan. The siblings’ lives are irrevocably changed during a government coup. The writing style of Hirsch is engaging, and the reader is pulled into the story. Once the story of Mangal gets you hooked, the point of view switches up and you become entrenched in the storylines of Tor and Saira as well. The interconnectedness of their lives and their life decisions are extremely well written and engagin ...more
Oscar Rodriguez
Jan 01, 2016 Oscar Rodriguez rated it really liked it
Es una excelente novela en donde se puede hallar una mixtura de contrastes políticos entre Medio Oriente y Occidente, aunado a su vez a uno cultural en el que vemos a una familia agrietarse por el mundo y así verse adentrados en una mezcolanza de añoranza por su patria y su familia y la nueva vida en su nuevo mundo. Recomendada al cien por ciento.
Apr 07, 2012 Ron rated it it was amazing
This terrific novel about Afghanistan in the 1970s makes "The Kite Runner" seem plodding and shallow. It is a family saga with its own "spoiled prince" character, full of political intrigue in the years leading up to the Soviet invasion, and its closing chapters involve not one but two daring rescue missions. The scope of this 440+ page novel is as far ranging and ambitious as Boris Pasternak's "Dr. Zhivago."

The fortunes and fate of the well-to-do Anwari family are linked to the rise and fall of
Dec 05, 2010 Diane rated it really liked it
Written in 1986, the 2nd edition was published in 2002 when Afghanistan was in our news daily. The family of Omar Anwari (Catherine, Mangal, Saira, and Tor) is torn apart along with the country when the novel begins in the early 1970s at the time the last Afghan king is deposed. Reading about the ensuing years leading up to the Soviet invasion, I was "captured" by the family and their proud, desperate attempts to save their country from civil war. Hirsh develops the main characters with sensitiv ...more
Katherine Platt
Aug 02, 2011 Katherine Platt rated it it was amazing
This book is the size of a dictionary. It is an enjoyable and quick reading despite the book's length. The author tells the story of a higher class Afghan family during the 1970s (pre-USSR invasion; pre-Taliban). 1970s Afghanistan is known as the golden era. During that time, this country was a prosperous nation. But a political change caused the down spiral of this nation to what's going on nowadays. This book illustrates that key political change that not only influenced the Afghan society, bu ...more
Mar 09, 2008 Candy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club-book
Thought this was better than Kite Runner. Story of a family- 3 siblings and the way they interact. The issues of politics and communications closely parallels what is happening in Afghanistan now even though the book takes place 20 years ago.
Oct 30, 2011 Susi rated it really liked it
i was living in europe when this book took place and thought i knew about issues in the!!! what little i knew....very interesting on the politics of a part of the world of which i am so ignorant.
Jul 05, 2008 penny rated it really liked it
I learned so much about Afghanistan while reading this book. It really inspired me to read more non-fiction about the country. At times I felt the writing was a bit mushy/dramatic for my tastes, but the story was good and the characters likable.
Dec 01, 2008 Ania rated it liked it
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This book was about Afganistan from 1973 to the time of the Soviet invasion in 1979. This book had a lot of history and politics, maybe a little too much. But overall it was good.
May 16, 2008 Colleen rated it liked it
Intense read. Informative on the history of Afghanistan, but no ending to the fictional story whatsoever.
Mar 11, 2008 Karen rated it it was amazing
I find books that center on "what used to be" and that have strong characters to be my favorites in this genre. Definitely a good book and one to be in line after the more well-known Afgan books.
Dec 11, 2008 Chey rated it it was amazing
great for given some history of afganistain ,i actually wanted more in the end,this book i recommend for adults due to some content. great read overall.
Apr 21, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it
The first couple of chapters started off kind of slow, and I didn't think I would like the characters, but I ended up really liking the book!
Dan Mehring, Ed.D.
Jul 11, 2007 Dan Mehring, Ed.D. rated it really liked it
Every bit as good as Khaled Hosseini's, "Kite Runner."
Feb 24, 2009 Clara rated it liked it
Good at describing the historical context of the Afghan government (in high English prose?). They recently found the remains of some of the people they mention in the book - so it's all true!
Nov 28, 2011 Maryanna rated it it was amazing
Mind captivating historical fiction of political strife in Afghanistan during the Russian occupation.
Jun 22, 2012 Hedy rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story of love and family that takes place largely during the Russian occupation of Afghanistan.
Aug 28, 2010 Linda rated it liked it
Wonder if our military would be involved in Afganistan if all of our leaders were required to read this book.
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