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Preview — A Million Walls by Andrea Busfield
A Million Walls
A moving tale of the triumph of the human spirit amidst heartbreaking tragedy, told through the eyes of a charming, impish, and wickedly observant Afghan boy
The Taliban have withdrawn from Kabul’s streets, but the long shadows of their regime remain. In his short life, eleven-year-old Fawad has known more grief than most: his father and brother have been killed, his siste...more
Busfield is a journalist who has traveled to Afghanistan and in her author's notes (in the back of the book) ...more
Amazon describes it like this:
"A moving tale of the triumph of the human spirit amidst heartbreaking tragedy, told through the eyes of a charming, impish, and wickedly observant Afghan boy."
It's all true. I love the way the author looked at everything through the eyes of an intelligent, observant, caring 11 year old boy. I smiled, I laughed out loud and I cried while reading this book. Afgha ...more
James is a lazy, drunken journalist, but has a ...more
I listened to the unabridged audio version of this book during a recent long journey and the miles flew by. The author has hit just that perfect balance between putting across a serious message and making a book entertaining. For a book set in Afghanistan it has some wonderfully humorous momnents too.
Fawad is an 11yr old boy, living with his mother in an aunt's house. His father and two brothers are dead and no-one knows what has become of his sister since she was abduc ...more
This book portrays the complex and dark beauty of Afghanistan's face, as well as its dark underbelly. At times you find yourself in awe at the kindness of the people, the love they have for their country, their humor and passion. At other times you cringe at the cruelty ...more
I started the book with no expectations, and as I progressed through the book I didn't really find any character to be original or one that I found real, except perhaps Fawad's mother. She has been through a lot and yet she's survived and her main concern in life is her son, I found her most believable. As for her son, Fawad, I found him to ...more
Andrea Busfield's writing is beautiful, amazingly descriptive. She makes you feel comfortable and a part of the country and the people there. She makes you smile as you follow Fawad and his understanding of the world around him. She creates a deep sadness within you as you ...more
Set in Kabul after the Taliban have withdrawn. Fawad and his mother Mariya end up working for 3 Westerners, one of whom is in a relationship with an Afghani man. Lots of great interactions, revelations of culture. Characters are well-developed. Plot is also well-developed and keeps moving and leaves the reader wanting to know what will happen next.
I love the characters SO MUCH: Fawad, Georgie, Spandi, James, Pir Hederi. And I love how much this book made me laugh, of course I cried a little but it has such a great sense of humour.
Georgie and Fawad's relationship is precious. I love how the author can bring up so well the personality of an eleven-year-old boy who has seen too much for his age. Fawad is an awesome main character.
I really enjoyed the fact that we could see so well the c ...more
Also, an abbreviated piece will be published in this Saturday's (1/16/10) Chicago Tribune printed edition. I'm very excited!
What did you love about the book?
Eleven year old Fawad, who narrates the story. I just loved his childish perspective and sense of humor he brings to the situations that unfold around him, which are very charmi ...more