The Broken Circle: A Memoir of Escaping Afghanistan
An emotional and sweeping memoir of love and survival—and of a committed and desperate family uprooted and divided by the violent, changing landscape of Afghanistan in the early 1980s.
Before the Soviet invasion of 1980, Enjeela Ahmadi remembers her home—Kabul, Afghanistan—as peaceful, prosperous, and filled with people from all walks of life. But after her mother,...more
It's possible to write a great book about a not-so-interesting life but it's also (sadly) very easy to take a fascinating story and deliver it in such a bland way that it fails to hit the target. We learn ...more
The Broken Circle tells the heartbreaking tale of an Afghan family forced to leave their motherland due to the Soviet invasion and socialist revolution. I'd consider myself ...more
This is a beautifully written account of life in Afghanistan before it became a Wharton country. Through the eyes of a five-year-old girl we see her comfortable life, in a large Muslim family in Kabul. Then democracy and peace are shattered, first with civil turmoil, and then by the invasion of the Russian army. Her security is rattled when her mother and 2 siblings leave for India. The remaining four children have to care for themselves, because their father, who ...more
I read this quickly and was very interested in this true story about immigration and being a political refugee. The topic is, of course, very relevant at this point in our own American history as we struggle to come to a new chapter in how the USA grapples with border security, a need for capable workers, and our history as a welcoming country for refugees.
The Deets: Set in Kabul, Afghanistan, we follow the story of Enjeela Ahmandi’s five-year journey of escape to India to be reunited with her mother and the rest of her siblings.
A memoir telling the story about survival, self-discovery, and war.
Just my thoughts: It started out fairly well. The story was told through the eyes of five-year-old Enjeela where she had that perfect family and childhood. In came the war, and ...more
- some of the sentences are similar to third grade writing whereas other sentences appear to be written by a more experienced writer.
- seems like the ghostwriter took some liberties with the details. it’s not credible that Enjeela would remember every little detail about every single aspect of her journey. even if she kept a journal as a child, that child journalist would not have documented everything.
- the writing makes for a choppy read. there’s no rhythm or flow.
It is a miracle that Enjeela and her siblings lived through these ordeals and came out the other side whole. I don't want to give anything away, other than my ...more
This is a remarkable story of a family and of a young girl being uprooted from their home in Kabul and ending up in America. Throughout the story Enjeela appears to be an extraordinary person - her bio confirms that - full of empathy and wisdom beyond her years. The story also provides insights to an Afghanistan that is far removed from the country we know now. The journey to safety is perilous and at times bordering on suicidal. This is highly recommended - a sea of emotions ...more
Such an interesting read. I think this story helps the rest of the world better understand the culture of the middle east.. The story portraits a much different perspective of life in Afghanistan and it people, then has been exposed in the news. A gentle people ravaged by war and strife and their attempt to survive and rise above the chaos. The author seems to have wisdom beyond her years even as a child, which must have been very difficult to maintain ...more
I loved this tale of a little girl caught up in Afghanistan’s troubles. The voice is delightful, the descriptions evocative and the story keeps you on the edge of your seat. A wonderful testament to family love and determination in hard times.