- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: May 2, 2007
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000R51QYC
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Top Customer Reviews
This is *not* light reading. It is extremely heart-wrenching from start to finish. (I would also say that, if you are a survivor of domestic violence, be prepared for very descriptive passages of beatings, rape, strangulation, isolation, and other horrific abuse.) From the horrors of abuse to the horrors of war, this book does not leave any dark part of the human heart unexplored. And that is why it is so difficult to read.
At the same time, it was not a book I could give up on. The character dynamics in the book are so complex that, after a while, they truly seemed like real people. The enduring power of Mariam's spirit is, all at once, beautiful, inspiring, and heartbreaking. And, even in a time of war, love and friendship ultimately survive.
This story also gives some insight to Western readers about what Afghanistan was like, pre-9/11.
I highly recommend this book and will be reading more by this author.
If you want to feel grateful for what you have, pick up this book. It shines a light on the abysmal way that women were (and I’m sure still are) treated in countries like Afghanistan. At times it is maddening, and I was angered by the injustice of their circumstances.
No words that I could write would do this book justice. Just read it.
I applaud this author for his courage in taking what we hear about in the news, and turning it into something we can feel. Only then will people take action to help.
This heartfelt story was so deeply emotional, but truly historical/real. I wish there was a sequel. It took you from early years, just giving enough real data all the way through 9-11. I never lost interest. While avoiding political commentary so the reader has their own opinion, I think this may be the best way to educate folks in the US about what has, and is, happening in Afganistan. A great novel.
I was also quite comfortable in recommending it to my 14-year old grandaughter.