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, unse...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 m ...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 wo ...more
This book helped me understand Islam. It helped me understand a whole lot of things.
This is a true story, of a child fleeing Afghanistan. The strength of that child is tremendous. At an extremely young age, she chooses to love and to live without compromise.
Love this passage. A young girl has been sold into slavery, (view spoiler)[and is killed because she is caught playing, being a child. (hide spoiler)]
I’d made a trade in that little place: my simple way of seeing the ...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.
I really didn't know much about Afghanistan before just what we usually see on the news and sometimes in a few conversations I had in the past with my father but I never knew how was like it before the war, before the Russian invasion.
The Broken Circle is the story of a family who is trying to sur ...more
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.
- th ...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.
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 extr ...more
I have friends who were forced to leave Bhutan and they traveled through the exact same area of India to get to Nepal, where they then lived in refugee camps for 15-20 years, before being able to find new homes in countries around the world, including America.
The writing isn’t the best and I would have liked to read more about how her family ...more