July 31, 2019 posted by

A world in which a Matriarch orders her sons to smother her daughter for the sake of the families honour and in which Mansur’s work colleague offers a beggar girl money for sex – provided she has a wash first view spoiler [ witnessing this incident is the impetus for Mansur to visit Mazar-i-Sharif and get spiritually cleansed hide spoiler ] , a man must have a code it seems, however twisted. Throughout the book I was waiting for something to happen or for conclusions to individual stories and I know this was my expectations so therefore perhaps this is the reason that I found the book lacking. Thanks for telling us about the problem. And his own wife, once a respected professor, must bow to the will of her firstborn who says he does not want to work, even though it is her only desire. Living in a family of religious extremists of any stripe is not the same as living as an exchange student. More than anything else, The Bookseller of Kabul reads like a beefed up, bedroom version of the Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilisations.

It is precisely for this reason that they deserve a better journalistic treatment than the one given by Seierstad. The author portrays the everyday lives of the people under three different kinds of repressive regimes and the struggles of one man to do what he could to preserve the history and culture of his country. But if I really want to know what is happening now, I will have to consult the internet and the Al Jazeera news channel. Seirstadt captures much of Afghanistan’s history and life and culture in these pages. Even after the Taliban were overthrown women and girls feared going out alone or dressing as they pleased, because of the residue of terror that the Taliban had left behind. View the Study Pack.

Asne Seirstadt witnessed the destruction and death left behind by the Taliban. Perhaps a more interesting question, wasn’t it incredibly naive of Sultan Khan Shah Rais in real life to accept a European journalist into his own house and think that the portray she d’paint would be positive?

He suffered watching illiterate Taliban thugs burn piles of his books in the streets of Kabul, so he hid them.

The Bookseller of Kabul Summary & Study Guide

This article needs additional citations for verification. Seierstad says that the burka was only introduced in the 20th century to Kabul by one of the Kings of Afghanistan who decreed that the women of his harem should each wear one when ever they left the palace to wander about town.


His collection and stock was secreted across attics and rooms across the capital. But while Khan is passionate in his love of books and his hatred of censorship, he also has strict views on family life and the role of women.

Seierstad admits as much in a interview to the Guardian: Jun 11, Em rated it did not like it.

The Bookseller of Kabul Summary & Study Guide

Coming from a liberal Norwegian society, and being a young journalist, it is expected that the book will be written from a pessimistic, typical journalistic point of view.

First of all, having lived abroad and lived abroad with families, you can’t know a family the way labul author pretends to in that time. There’s a common current between some political persuasions in the USA and the Taliban, both really dislike women having pre-martial sex, both are strongly inspired by the Bible Delivering pizzas in Germany is far more lucrative than working as a flight engineer [in Afghanistan] p58 Seierstad, a Norwegian journalist, stayed as a guest of the bookseller of Kabul of the synopxis shortly after jabul fall of the Taliban.

One Hundred And One Days: For several months Seierstad slept next to Khan’s year-old sister and listened to the family’s tales of woe.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. At times I wasn’t sure if I was reading a book or a collection of magazine articles. His year-old son is made to work selling sweets in the Intercontinental rather than being allowed to go to school. I did find the historical content of the book really interesting and felt such sadness for some of the characters especially the women who are treated so badly and have no control over their futures, I found the power fathers, husbands, brothers and sons have over their wives mothers, sisters and daughters so disturbing that I found it difficult reading as I wanted these women to triumph over these self obsessed men but that I am afraid this would not be true in the society they live in.

A Broken Heart, pg. The fact is, she lived in Afghanistan and managed not to get killed, raped, sold, or go stark raving mad. I really loved the epilogue where the author questions about other families’ freedom and gives something to ponder over.

Topics Books The Observer. Sultan Khan who’s the bookseller is a hard working very strict man who has a heart of stone.

Whilst he abhorred censorship and was passionate about all things literary he was also an Afghan man. But they knew Sultan would return; Sonya was young and beautiful p She probably should have.


He receives training as an engineer but gives up that career because of his interest in books. After finishing the book, I was quite surprised at the number of negative reviews here in Goodreads. He was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned by the communists, and watched illiterate Taliban soldiers burn piles of his books in the street.

The author portrays the everyday lives bookselleer the people under three different kinds of repressive regimes and the struggles of one man to do what he could to preserve the history and culture of his country.

The accounts of the women are very scattered and disoriented, hence at times, I felt very bored to keep reading the book. Luckily for us, perhaps, some of the potential uncertainty is removed by a court case launched by Sultan second, and much younger wife, in against Seierstad.

This house is more like a time warp with one generation after another shares their journeys together, despite of unhappiness and constraints. The author says in the preface that she was inspired by this family. I do not recommend this to any reader. We don’t even know how she interacted with the family because she writes herself out of the book entirely. I felt so sorry for the women of Afghanistan. This book shows the lives of different members in his family and how they are dependent on him.

She has an obvious oversight with regard to her generalizing her own observations to proclaim so much about the family.

This is the kind of book that must be read with caution. Synopsie first wife suffers when he takes a sexy year-old to be his second wife.

I wouldn’t take this book seriously if you’re looking for some real social or historical insight into Afghanistan. She does this through a case study of one family.

Compared to “A Thousand Splendid Suns” written by Khaled Hosseini, this was a memoir, an optimistic attempt by a writer to cross the bridge between being an investigative journalist to novelist and just not succeeding very well.