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Dancing with Darkness: An Afghan Journey. by Magsi Hamilton Little Paperback – February 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Max (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906251436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906251437
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,893,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The events and feelings which underpin the very personal story that Magsie Hamilton-Little tells in this book is interesting and poignant. However, I felt that it was disjointed and the way that it was written failed to stir the emotions which other books about recent Afghan history, both fiction and non-fiction, have roused in me.

One of the points which is made towards the end of the book is totally in line with the way that I have thought for most of my life: education is key to the resolution of every conflict in the world.

I am proud to say that my step-mother was the founding headmistress of the first integrated school in Northern Ireland. There are now more than fifty. Ensuring that children from every section of society will mix from their earliest moments of life teaches them that we all have more in common with others than we have differences. Those differences are very important, and learning about them from each other is a great way to educate. What a rich tapestry of beliefs we have in this world! We should celebrate those differences rather than set out to kill those who do not share our beliefs.

Back off my soap box and back to the book: there are some very sad and touching moments, especially towards the end of the book. There are also some very amusing events, and a few little twists. Whilst there is a lot of value in Magsie relating her own experiences, I just felt that a very experienced ghost writer could have made the whole story a lot more powerful.

This story doesn't take too much effort to read, so I would definitley recommend it to you if you are looking for a quick read which will tell you something about modern Afghanistan.
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By Bookey Peek on September 28, 2011
When people live far away, in circumstances removed from our own experience, it's easy to feel disconnected from them. We've become hardened to the daily media images of global dramas - too many of them to comprehend - until something or someone brings a story so close that you can suddenly see people, real people, who laugh and cry as you do, and somehow survive the unimaginable.
Driven by deeply-held convictions and the need to settle some internal conflicts that she never reveals, Magsie Hamilton-Little took off from her London publishing house to Afghanistan to deliver a message for a friend - becoming so involved with his family that she risked her own life to help find and rescue a kidnapped relative. She didn't merely discover what lay behind the veil, she wore it herself in order to escape detection as she travelled around the country, and in doing so experienced life as an Afghan woman.
The author pulls you into her story and won't let you go - her book is an emotional and beautifully documented journey.
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