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Farishta Hardcover – June 2, 2011
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So many scenes and ideas in Farishta have come back to me since reading the book, especially with Afghanistan a continuing issue in the news. I wonder how Afghanistan will re-set when the American presence is lessened, and whether a decade of freedom from Taliban rule will have a lasting influence on politics and culture. The book makes me wonder what will become of the Western-style infrastructure "improvements" that can not be sustained, and whether appropriate technologies (such as solar cooking, which Farishta advances) will ever be formally advocated in foreign aid programs to Afghanistan and other countries that have chopped down and consumed everything that will burn. I didn't really think about these problems until I read the book. And I like anything that gets my brain working like this.
Also look for the vultures some of whom are in friendly clothing as they feed on the blood of the opressed.
The characters, while believable, were hard to get close to - even Angela "Farishta" Moran. I admired her toughness and felt her pain, but still didn't feel I really knew her.
While I enjoyed the author's voice, I found the book thin on plot and, as the story went on, began to expect more "one damned thing after another". I was profoundly disturbed by the women's issues that were addressed, but even these were dulled by predictability.
I look forward to this author's next book - I will most certainly give it a read and am curious to know where her writing will go from here. I am also curious to learn more about her work with solar ovens! Bravo!
After his death she flees back to the United States and sticks to desk assignment to protect herself. With no high-priority postings her career is coming to a dead end until she is assigned to the mission in Afghanistan. She is scared to death to take the assignment; but knows it is the end of her career if she doesn't.
When she arrives in Afghanistan she is met with hostility by the Afghan males and her own all male team. As she continues to come up against bureaucratic roadblocks to helping the Afghan people rebuild she begins to sneak out of the compound in a burka and help the people in her own way. She works to improve their living conditions and quality of life.
I really liked the characters in this novel and felt that they were very well developed. The emotions and conflicts were very real. The story was well paced and kept me reading to find out what would happen next. A great read!
- Kate Farrell
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The book mixed the complicated explanation of Afghan politics with a story of human tragedy and sad redemption in a quick reading easy fashion.Published 3 months ago by E Czajka
The book was full of fascinating information and was also an easy read. My Grandson and I recently met the author Patricia McArdle in Mexico which prompted the interest in this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by grandma darlene
Written by an ex-diplomat who was posted, among other places, to Afghanistan, this entertaining novel uses her experience to include events such as Embassy bombings, career... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Librarian
Highly recommend this book for a Westerner's viewpoint of Afghanistan, wrapped in a suspenseful love story with a surprising ending.Published 5 months ago by ladymajorretired
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I really enjoyed this book, not knowing exactly what kind of story it would tell. Read more
this book succeeds as a brave and honest opportunity to bring us closer with the striking realities of peoples in this region. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Newworldexplorer
Excellent book! I highly recommend it! The President and all State department employees should read how misguided our efforts have been in Afghanistan and how they can better... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Geneadig
The first half of Farishta is very slow. As the only woman at a British military base in "beautiful, confusing and heartbreaking" p. Read morePublished 18 months ago by moth
I bought this book because I admired Patricia McArdle's work with solar cooking in Afghanistan and wanted to learn more about what inspired it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by mcthom