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An Unexpected Light by Jason Elliot
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May 12, 2010

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This started out great because I was very interested in reading about Afghanistan, especially the Afghanistan that existed before the war we are currently fighting there. The people and how Elliot describes them is the best part - he has a genuine affection and admiration for the Afghan people and backs it up with stories of their kindness. Ultimately, however, the book is bogged down by the author's less than riveting account of every single thing he did while he was there, and it becomes tedious. Easily 150 pages could have been edited without hurting the book. Also, and this is no small thing: reading about how good and kind the Afghans are only makes it that much more depressing. The war that we are fighting there is one I believe is justified and necessary but when I think about just how many civilians have been killed, it is even more disturbing.
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May 12, 2010 – Started Reading
May 12, 2010 – Shelved
May 17, 2010 –
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May 23, 2010 – Finished Reading

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