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Ll the community reviews I have read really don t go into personal thoughts when it comes to this book no friends have read and reviewed it so I feel pretty alone on this one And I definitely even now am trying to figure out where I stand with this bookBut I suppose since it has left me so deep in thought it must mean something rightThink I m just gonna sleep on it If I had a list of the most distressing books I ve ever read most likely this one would be near the top of the List Like Most People Like most people read this short and horrifying book set in Afghanistan During The Taliban Regime during the Taliban regime was appalled as I read about the brutality and misery that had become commonplace for everyone most especially for women So why read a book like this ask readers who only read for pleasure and ickly abandon any book that might leave them feeling depressed My answer is that for me books are a way to educate myself about the way life is being lived in a wide variety of contexts Unfortunately many of those contexts are pretty depressing Why read about them Because I think it s important for the rest of Marie Antoinette us to realize how priviliged and pampered we have become living here in our safe and secure little corner of the world where we are free to live the way we choose If nothing else we need to be reminded that forntold numbers of people life is a p A short slowly developing novel of people facing a harsh Taliban regime a perfect antidote for A Thousand Splendid Suns This is a grim story of the horrendous conditions in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 after the Taliban took over control from the SovietsWhile there is a story and a plot the book is really about the desolate conditions in the war scarred capital of Kabul a dying city in a dying landscape of desert heat and dryness hemmed in by mountains Half of the buildings are destroyed including mosues Some structures are simply fronts of buildings business is conducted in pieces of buildings The brutality of the social and political conditions parallels the physical desolation The Taliban regime has banned pleasure There can be no music As if the war did not do enough damage they destroy historic monuments You can be clubbed for laughing on the street passersby are whipped into prayers in the mosues You look around every corner before speaking Order is maintained with whips fists and clubs Public executions are a weekly The first two pages and I was hooked This is a beautifully written novel that will punch you in the gut have you wanting to throw it against a wall in disgust make you weep for the tragic characters and fall in love with the writing And yet it is also here amid the hush of stony places and the silence of graves in this land of dry earth and arid hearts that our story is born like the water lily that blooms in the stagnant swamp You could almost read the first two pages and have a full nderstanding of Fundamentalist ruled Afghanistan nder the Taliban The writer took his wife s name as he was an Algerian soldier and wanted to escape the censorship of the military I first heard of this book listening to The BBC World Book Club Podcast in archive Yasmina Khadra The Swallows of Kabul Jun 5 2015 This is the story of two Afghan couples living in Kabul no they are merely surviving I really do not like to give Away Anything It Is Set anything It is set late 1990 s or early 2000 s Two vastly different couples but they will be violently yet passionately come together The author stated he wrote with the idea of wanting to Programming in Objective C understand the times he lived in and that from his point of view life is not worth living without the love of a woman This is very clear in the novel by my reading yet how he does this in a culture in which women are hidden almost invisible is the tragedy a Shakespearean tragedy set in modern times. Taliban ideology and struggles to keep his faith and his wife Musarrat who once rescued Ati and is now dying of sickness and despair Desperate exhausted Mohsen wanders through Kabul when he is surrounded by a crowd about to stone an adulterous woman Numbed by the hysterical atmosphere and drawn into their rage he too throws stones at the face of the condemned woman buriedp to her waist With this gesture the lives of all four protagoni.

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I still feel very conflicted about this book "Originally I Had Planned On " I had planned on it four stars But after having thought about it some I ll be settling for three instead reasons belowWhilst many mentioned that their biggest gripe was getting into the book for me that was hardly an issue I was pretty much full on engrossed from the first page And with a opening page starting with a woman being stoned to death how the hell can I not be Not only did it really make me recoil from shock and disgust but despite the fact that I was sat among others in the library my Beyond Band of Brothers urge was so strong to shout that I had to put the book down for a minute And there were so many of these moments because the author does not hold back AT ALL There is shocking moment after moment and as these strongnfair rules are imposed of the citizens of Kabul I felt isolated and suffocated right alongside themThis in my opinion is the strongest point of this book It sucks in you in from the very first page and completely holds you captive making you suirm and flinch at the exact intended moments whilst always being very very aware that no matter how hopeful things may seem that everything can go downhill at any given moment And that is apparent followed by the fact that I never expected a happy ending ever I never witnessed a sweet moment without waiting for something horrifying to follow itBut this book also The Water Of Life unsettled me in another way I felt manipulated almost at times I got into this book and realised veryickly that the only way to read through it was to accept all that I was being told And although I was a little on the fence about some things I pretty much left them behind as I read on locking them inside ntil now TO REALLY REEVALUATE MY THOUGHTS ON really reevaluate my thoughts on book What I would have really appreciated before delving into this book is how does the author know what he does about Kabul and its people there Has he done some in depth research interviewed men and women who reside there visit or live there for a time Not knowing these things ltimately left me a little annoyed when the female characters felt so black and white whilst the men seemed to have somewhat a layer of complexities to them Because either you have the strong minded educated independent Zunaira or the ever obedient extremely devoted self sacrificing wife that is Musarrat Whilst both of their husbands who also seemed a little off to me but not to the same extent seemed to have depth in contrast Now I m not saying that what they face does not happen because I am aware that times have been extremely toughhorrifying since the Taliban took over but I feel that it s because of this very reason that knowing the facts and accurate details is so much important to me Because as a Muslim if I am being told that this this and this is happening then I need than being expected to go with it simply because you happen to be telling the storyIn the book characters dwell of the past of happier times with pure sadness and longing And it s enough to make me want to see that past for myself because although things were not perfect even then they seemed like happy times times filled with less fear and terror But it leaves me conflicted because isn t there even a tinge of beauty in the most darkest of times I have been Pakistan and I have seen beauty within my home town times I have been Pakistan and I have seen beauty within my home town I honestly never expected to see And although that s a nfair comparison to make because things are so so much worse in Afghanistan right now I refuse to believe that there is not a hint of hope or happiness in that place that all is lost that it is as hopeless as this book tells me it is Now do you see how conflicted I am Funny since these things tend to niggle at me only after I have finished reading the book It is a bit tougher for me right now because Set in Kabul nder the rule of the Taliban this extraordinary novel takes readers into the lives of two couples Mohsen who comes from a family of wealthy shopkeepers whom the Taliban has destroyed; Zunaira his wife exceedingly beautiful who was once a brilliant teacher and is now no longer allowed to leave her home without an escort or covering her face Intersecting their world is Ati a prison keeper a man who has sincerely adopted the. Les Hirondelles de KaboulThis book is hard on the emotions and I can see why so many people gave it fewer stars than I It is gut wrenching But at the same time it is beautiful It also drove home to me personally on why I am so thankful to live in a country that separates Church and State I say THAT AS A PRACTICING CHRISTIAN IN THE MIDDLE OF as a practicing Christian In the middle of a whirlwind spins like a sorceress flinging out her skirts in a macabre dance yet not even this hysteria serves to blow the dust off "The Calcified Palm Trees " calcified palm trees against the sky like beseeching arms Several hours ago the night routed by the dawn and fleeing in disorder left behind a few of its feeble breezes but the heat has scorched and smothered them Then without warning at the foot of the mountains singed bare by the breath of raging battles rises Kabul or rather what s left of it a city in an advanced stage of decomposition A starkly grim picture of life in Kabul nder the Taliban It s written by an outsider so the events are not based on any personnel experienceThere is the Taliban is all of it s violence whipping stoning executions and preaching The characters include the jailer of a prison sed to house women to be executed and his dying wife Also there is an educated couple who have lost everythin Les hirondelles de kaboul Swallows of Kabul Yasmina Khadra Mohammed MoulessehoulThe Swallows of Kabul is a novel by Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra It was originally written and published in French You meet Ati Shaukat a jailer His wife Musarrat is very sick and dying She is a burden to him and made him late for work He escorts a prostitute to be executed You meet Mohsen Ramat He s against the new Taliban rule He is in the market place when he sees a prostitute being stoned to death at the public execution Even thought he thinks it s wrong he loses himself picks For the Love of All Thats Holy, Dont Buy a Boat When Venus is in Retrograde up a rock and throws is it at her cracking her head open 2010 1388 166 9648787271 21 2001 35 stars Further I refuse to wear a bura Of all the burdens tha have put ons that is the most degrading The Shirt of Nessus wouldn t do as much damage to my dignity as that wretched getup It cancels my face and takes away my identity and turns me into an object Here at least I m me Zunaira Mohsen Ramat s wife age 32 former magistrate dismissed by obscurantists without a hearing and without compensation but with enough self respect left to brush my hair every day and pay attention to my clothes If I put that damned veil on I m neither a human being nor an animal I m just an affront a disgrace a blemish that has to be hidden That s too hard to deal with Especially for someone who was a lawyer who worked for women s rights Don t ask me to give Scary Stories 3 up my name my features the color of my eyes and the shape of my lips so I can walk through sualor and desolationThis book is verypsetting look into living The Penguin Atlas of Endangered Species under Taliban rule and how it destroyed the lives of two couples I am so grateful to live how and where I want The ruin of the city walls has spread into people s souls The dust has stunted their orchards blinded their eyes sealedp their hearts Nobody believes in miraculous rains or the magical transformations of spring and even less in the dawning of a bright new tomorrow Men have gone mad they have turned their backs of a bright new tomorrow Men have gone mad they have turned their backs the day in order to face the night Patron saints have been dismissed from their posts Prophets are dead and their ghosts are crucified even in the hearts of children In the general sense The Swallows of Kabul is a short novel of Afghan life The Bartender under the Taliban but as with Philip Caputos Acts of Faith the real message of this political novel is personal and penetrating Here is book made toestion the logic of fundamentalist rule Here also is an emotionally emptying story of how the central binding power of women has been systematically destroyed Sts move toward their destinies The Swallows of Kabul is a dazzling novel written with compassion and exuisite detail by one of the most lucid writers about the mentality of Islamic fundamentalists and the complexities of the Muslim world Yasmina Khadra brings readers into the hot dusty streets of Kabul and offers them an Tono Bungay unflinching but compassionate insight into a society that violence and hypocrisy have brought to the edge of despair.

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