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Jamilia by Chingiz Aitmatov
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Dec 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011
Read in December, 2011

Atmospheric.

This was a short book, at just 96 pages. An excellent translation from Kyrgyz, full of feeling and wonderful descriptions of the countryside of Kyrgyzstan.

Set during WWII, the men of the villages are all off fighting at the front while the day to day running of the farms is left to women, youngsters and the injured. Grain must be transported over many miles to collection points from whence it is delivered to the fighting soldiers. Seit, the narrator, his sister-in-law, Jamila and Daniyar, an injured soldier are responsible for making the daily trecks to the collection depot from their village.
Gradually we get to know the the characters and watch their interactions during these long journeys.

The book is described as a love story but it is also a taste of life in a remote part of the world, at a particular time in history.
Unfortunately my copy pretty much told the story on the back cover, so there were no surprises, but it was still an interesting read, atmospheric and spare.
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