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The Taliban have withdrawn from Kabul’s streets, but the long shadows of their regime remain.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 sist...more
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"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
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
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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
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
There is a lot of humor in this story because it's told through a young boy's eyes, though the subject matter - drugs, terrorism, poverty, Taliban, deformity - are quite tough. It's obvious that the writer adores Afghanistan and has a good understanding of their way of life and values, and I appreciated both t ...more
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By: Andrea Busfield
From reading this book, I gained a new perspective on how life is in Afghanistan. The author chose to highlight the beauty and the hope of Afghanistan, instead of focusing on all the horrible events that happen in Afghanistan like terrorism and war. I really liked the fact that the author choose to show the hope and humanity of Afghanistan, because it gave me a different perception on Afghanistan and it helped to show me that even though Afghanistan ...more
La razón de que no sea "asombroso" es que no es muy convincente, se supone que el narrador es un niño de once años y aún así la mayor parte del tiempo no suena como un niño. La excusa que se da en el libro es que ha vivido tantas cosas impropias de un niño que se vio obligado a madurar, pero hay partes en las que es definitivamente adulto y otras en las que piensa con mucha inocencia. Admito que es una ...more
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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.