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The End of Manners

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  345 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Maria Galante and Imo Glass are on assignment in Afghanistan: outgoing Imo to interview girls who have attempted suicide to avoid forced marriage to older men; and shy, perfectionist Maria to photograph them. But in a culture in which women shroud their faces and suicide is a grave taboo, to photograph these women puts everyone in danger. Before the assignment is over, Mar ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Vintage (first published September 20th 2007)
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As a western journalist I have to decide each day which portion of these people’s suffering is going to be my theme of the day and which is the portion I’m going to have to ignore so it doesn’t get in the way.

This statement comes in the final pages of The End of Manners, but it is the theme around which this intense, resonant novel rotates, as it circles in and out of the boundaries of professional ethics.

Maria Galante is living quietly in Milan, shooting photographs of food for high-end lifesty
Nov 18, 2013 Trish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, war
This book felt as real to me as a letter from a friend. A photographer goes to Afghanistan for work and tells of her experiences. Has everything to do with the killing of aid workers and the confusion and harrowing conditions there. A very good effort describing a real situation by a natural storyteller.
Oct 05, 2008 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jane by: Odyssey Bookshop First Edition Club
The End of Manners tells the story of an Italian photographer, Maria Gallante on assignment in war-torn Afghanistan. Her task is to photograph women who have attempted suicide in order to avoid arranged marriages to men many years their seniors. This proves to be difficult since it is ilegal for these women to show their faces and suicide is taboo.

Maria is on assignment with Imo Glass, a larger than life Columbian-born reporter who writes for a London-based newspaper.

Francesca Marciano has some
Nicole G.
Jul 05, 2015 Nicole G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club, 0-atw, 2015
I recently started an International Book Club, and this is our first selection. I wanted something from Afghanistan that wasn't by Hosseini; he is a good writer, don't get me wrong, but he is generally the go-to person when "books about Afghanistan" are mentioned.

I have never read anything by Ms. Marciano before, but she has a good style and is eminently readable. Although this is a work of fiction, the ground situation described in Kabul felt very real, as if I were actually traveling with our
Oct 25, 2014 Ioanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The End of Manners: A Novel. Marciano is a new writer I've discovered probably from some review somewhere; I like every book she's written, I think there are 2 or 3 others. This one was particularly good; it has her usual set up, a female narrator who has been wounded, by family or a lover, who seems fragile but actually turns out to be capable, after some tribulations, of taking care of herself. What's interesting in this book is her paralleling of the strong journalist female friend who turns ...more
Jul 09, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Catherine (saw it in her to-read shelf)
Shelves: the-stacks, afghanistan, h
Maria Gallante was a photojournalist; she had a nervous breakdown and now photographs food-porn for a living. One day, her agent calls her; he wants her back in journalism, and he wants her to go to Kabul to photograph young women who have chosen self-immolation over arranged marriage. She does. Moral dilemmas abound.

I don't know how I feel about this novel: Is it a half-hearted attempt or just too reserved? The scenery could use a little fleshing out, but then, the inability to do just that is
Mita Oktavia
Menutup buku ini dengan perasaan lega dan bahagia. Karena untungnya buku ini memberikan kesan yang tak terduga bagi saya.

Meskipun terjemahannya kurang luwes sehingga agak sulit memahami beberapa maksud yang ingin dijelaskan dari ceritanya dan masih ada beberapa typo. Dari segi ceritanya, dari awal saya merasa ceritanya bergerak lambat dan Maria dengan POV 1 terlalu bertele-tele menceritakannya apalagi sebelum mereka berangkat di Kabul, saya pun sempat bertanya-tanya sendiri, "jadi mana perempuan
Mar 18, 2014 Azia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sebuah penugasan menawarkan pengalaman yang menantang bagi Maria, fotografer yang sedang menekuni kuliner. Ia mendapat tawaran menjadi fotografer menemani wartawan perang, Imo Grass, ke Afghanistan. Persiapan fisik dan mental dimulai. Sebelum terbang ke Kabul, Maria mengikuti pelatihan ketahanan di Inggris. Selama dua minggu Maria dilatih untuk menghadapi kondisi berbahaya.

Imo grass mempunyai agenda untuk mewawancarai wanita Afghanistan yang bunuh diri karena kawin paksa. Tidak mudah menguak sis
Beth G
Sep 22, 2015 Beth G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another beautifully written Marciano novel. The only reason that it didn't achieve that fifth star for me is that my brain was still stuck in the Alice Hoffman book I had just finished. I was also not entirely willing to give myself to the streets of Afghanistan and the plight of the women there.
Mar 30, 2013 Corrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read. Is there really training to prepare you for traveling in hostile countries? Makes sense that there would be. While I enjoyed reading this book, it seemed disconnected in parts, where I felt like the author could not decide, which direction they wanted to go in.
South Buncombe Library
This is such a fantastic book! It's beautifully written and presented almost like a collection of 3 connected short stories and I loved it.

I'm not sure why Francesca Marciano isn't more widely read, but if my branch owned a copy of this one I'd display it all the time on our staff picks shelf. It's definitely my favorite of the three novels I've read from her, but I think her most recent collection of short stories, The Other Language, is the best to date. Who is this Italian woman and how do I
Sep 13, 2011 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bonnie by: Book Lover's Book-a-Day Calendar
Although fiction, this book gave me great insight into the country of Afghanistan, perhaps even more so than Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Sons. For instance, an amazing fact I learned is that real estate in Kabul in much more than in Manhattan, and the real estate in Afghanistan is usually pockmarked and ravaged from war rather than a gleaming loft atop a building soaring into the skyline of the city. A second insight was the difference a cell phone these days makes ...more
Jul 16, 2009 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Prior to picking up this book, I read a number of amazing reviews. The book is described as "brilliant" and "courageous and painful, not to be missed." And, of course it has a wonderful cover suggesting that it is full of literary treasures. So, perhaps my expectations were a bit high, but sadly, they definitely were not met. The main character, Maria, is a young photojournalist who after suffering anxiety attacks has taken herself off her fast-track career path. While Maria's reaction to her w ...more
Mar 16, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Not the kind of novel I usually read, in that the first part of the book takes place in a "hostile environment" training camp called The Defenders in which you get trained to do things like shove someone's intestines back in their body after they've been attacked. Nevertheless, I'd already read "The Other Language" by Francesca Marciano and had decided that I loved her writing and trusted her as a writer. So...I continued. I was home sick and read the book in two days. I found it thought provoki ...more
Joanna Mieso
Interesting fiction about two women, Imo, a journalist, and Maria, a photographer, who travel to Afghanistan to do a story on Afghan women who commit suicide rather than be forced into arranged marriages. The detail of the journey itself, the culture, the standard of living, the presence of foreigners, is an eye-opener. Imo is meant to be larger than life,get out of my way, I don't-care-if-I-have-to-rip-off-your-veils-I'm-getting-this-story-and-the-world-will-know-the-truth-thanks-to-me. She doe ...more
Jenny Younker
Aug 14, 2016 Jenny Younker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like other reviewers of this book, I too initially wanted to rate it 3 stars. I share the frustrations about the characters, especially the careless journalist, and was also disappointed in the end. I changed my mind when I thought about my feelings and how the author was able to write in a way that magnified each of them and the reasons for my disappointment in how the story ends. I realized that none of my negative feelings towards the book came from a poor style of writing nor a lack of plot ...more
Ann Tonks
Apr 06, 2016 Ann Tonks rated it liked it
After the thrill of Casa Rossa, I could hardly wait to get my hands on this book, set in Afghanistan. I confess I was slightly disappointed. Whether it was because of the passivity of the heroine or the foolishness of her partner in adventure, the beauty of some of the writing (particularly towards the end) wasn't enough to balance moments of irritation.
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Catherine  Mustread
Jul 16, 2010 Catherine Mustread rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catherine by: DTarpley (310)
The End of Manners leaves me thinking about what and why I read – in this case a story within a story with more kernels of stories inside that. Are the outer and the inner story both superficial? The characters or the story? Isn't all fiction superficial? Perhaps reading is mostly a substitute for thinking? Must be time to become immersed in a different book! Questions aside, I did enjoy this novel about a writer and photo-journalist who travel to Afghanistan to do a story on young women who hav ...more
Jun 11, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and haunting and just the kind of book I always want to be reading. Marciano's descriptions of Afghanistan and what it feels like to live an ordinary but extraordinary life are so compelling-- I had such visceral reactions to certain passages and I'm quite impressed.
great book about a war photographer in afghanistan, friends with a fellow woman journalist who is really committed to covering the story of girls in the country villages forced to marry against their will, all with the backdrop of a war torn country, danger,
Dec 18, 2015 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. Wound up skimming. Too much about the pre-Kabul training. Too much about Imo, the ridiculous journalist. Good visual description of Afghanistan however.
Actual rate : 3.5 of 5

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May 08, 2010 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book. It read more like a non-fiction book than a fiction book. The people in countries at war live in what must be a stressful and constant inner battle amongst hope, fear, despair, and determination to just go on, and an outer battle of politics, espionage, anarchy, and some small sense of order. I thought the description of the Defenders school in England believable and I hope based on reality because if you are going to Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Iraq as a civilian you'd better ...more
Beth Hartnett
Aug 17, 2015 Beth Hartnett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Francesca Marciano did it again! This wonderful novel explores a photographer's experience prepping for and on assignment in Afghanistan. She and a larger than life journalist are on the trail of a story about young women who choose or attempt suicide rather than marry old men to whom they have been promised. I literally could not put this one down!
Oct 05, 2010 Shifra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stopped-hated
Tried so hard to finish reading this book. Unlike the little train that could i finally stopped two thirds of the way up. I was frustrated by the idea of so many people putting their lives at risk to take pictures of young women who would rather commit suicide than marry men much older than themselves in Afghanistan. Furthermore females having their pictures taken dishonors them according to their culture. Somehow the whole idea just frustrated me too much. And so I admit I am a quitter....but n ...more
Apr 29, 2013 Kc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There was something about this book (the Goodreads description is the wrong book) that captivated me. Perhaps it was the humanity of the main character, the way she experienced the world around her and her reactions to all the new and different things she was seeing and feeling. Maria actually grew as a person before your eyes. That is a difficult and wonderful thing to find in a book. Also, the devastating and heartbreaking world of Kabul created here is so good you can almost understand why on ...more
Lauren Albert
Apr 09, 2010 Lauren Albert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A journalist's conflict--if the purpose of a story is to reveal suffering in the hopes of alleviating it, does that justify making use of unwilling subjects or risking their well being by including them? Do the ends justify the means? Photographer Maria Galante travels with a reporter to Afghanistan in order to research a story on young girls who attempt suicide rather than be married to much older men. This moral conflict leaves her emotionally torn about her justification for photographing the ...more
Dan Dicker
Feb 23, 2016 Dan Dicker rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jul 16, 2010 Patty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I sympathized with the central character, Maria, couldn't stand another main character, Imogen, and found myself annoyed with the proliferation of similes that the author used in every description. As a presentation of life in modern-day Afghanistan, it generally succeeds, and as an account of the quiet strength that can reside inside a fearful person, it's really enjoyable. I preferred The Bookseller of Kabul, but this was a quick and mostly satisfying read.
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Francesca Marciano is an Italian novelist and a screen writer. She has lived in New York and in Kenya for many years. To date she has written four novels: “Rules of the Wild”, listed as one of the NYT notable books of the year, ”Casa Rossa”, “The End of Manners”,
“The Other Language” shortlisted for the Story prize in 2014. She’s currently living in Rome.
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