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The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad
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Mar 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read from March 20 to 30, 2011

The author lived with a family in Kabul for a period of time and was able to put together a very detailed picture of their lives. As always, with these stories about life in a traditional Muslim home, the situation of the women is intolerable to me. I don't seem to be equipped to deal with that basic cultural difference. I also wanted to smack the boys in the family. Honestly, respect for parents, including your mother is not just a Western concept. Just can't get my head around that.
One of the most fascinating aspects was the difficulty the young women had in giving up the burka and being able to go out of the home without it. They had grown up under the Taliban and the fear of doing something wrong was so deeply ingrained that freedom was terrifying.
The book was easy to read and interesting.

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