The Bookseller of Kabul – Review

I finished the Bookseller of Kabul a few minutes ago. I’m not exactly sure how I feel about it. I feel like a spy on the wall of an Afghani home, watching the lives of a single family deteriorating under strict moral codes and ethics. There are extreme levels of sexism and so much ignorance for basic freedoms that so many Americans take for granted. Leila was the person my heart ached for the most, the Cinderella without a Price Charming. Her nephew Mansur was one I came to hate reading about with his arrogant ignorance, and selfishness.

I am eternally grateful for my family for leaving Iran when I was only five years old. I can’t imagine what my life would have been life growing up in a stunted environment where so much is expected, but so little is given. It would have been doubly hard, being Christian, in a Muslim country, as well as a woman.

The men in this book are infuriating, the women deserve pity, but on a whole, its the entire country that suffers. Reading this, seeing Stop-Loss, it makes a person feel very small in this world. It makes all my complaints seem null in void, compared to what could have been, what my life could have been.

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2 responses to “The Bookseller of Kabul – Review

  1. Maybe after reading this and seeing Stop-Loss this isn’t the kind of recommendation that you need, but I was wondering if you’ve read Persepolis? I’ve not read it yet (it is on my list) but I have heard that it is absolutely fantastic, it is a graphic novel about a girl whose family didn’t leave Iran and how she deals with the oppression.

    Maybe after a happier, fluffier read?

  2. rantsandreads

    I have read Persepolis actually, and the sequal, and about 3 other graphic novels by Marjane Satrapi. Its a wonderful story, very well written and I love that it is in graphic novel style. I have yet to see the movie though. I think I’ll have to wait for it to come out on DVD.

    Its an incredibly quick read, I think I finished it in one night. I really recommend it, but also have the sequal on hand to keep the story going.

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