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The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad
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Apr 05, 09

bookshelves: nonfiction, culture, political
Read in April, 2009

I am torn with this book. I would definitely say that there is not anthropological merit to it considering her special "bi-gendered" creature (her words) stature. She rides a line between how an outside women is able to act and what an Afghan women is limited to. It is depressing to see the oxymoron that is life in this world. In one instance Sultan Khan talks of empowering women but then treats them in the traditional fashion - he only has his past with which to guide his actions.
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