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The Sewing Circles of Herat: My Afghan Years [Anglais] [Broché]

Christina Lamb
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The Sewing Circles of Herat Ten years ago, Christina Lamb reported on the war the Afghan people were fighting against the Soviet Union. Now, back in Afghanistan, she has written an extraordinary memoir of her love affair with the country and its people. Full description

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  • Broché: 368 pages
  • Editeur : Flamingo; Édition : New Ed (7 juillet 2003)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0007142528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007142521
  • Dimensions du produit: 12,9 x 19,9 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Everyone should read this!! 15 janvier 2014
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I cannot say I enjoyed this, as it is a book that tells a terrible story of cruelty and suffering in Afghanistan. But every time we complain about something, we should think of what people in Afghanistan (especially the women) have to suffer, and be thankful for our lives here in the West.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Renewed my love affair with Afghanistan. 18 décembre 2012
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An excellent book by someone very familiar with Afghanistan and the Afghan people. Having lived and travelled in the country in the 1960's, this account of contemporary Afghanistan, in the light of the horrific past thirty years, affected me deeply. All I can repeat is why, why, why? A really good book.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 One Kalashnikov, Two Grenades, Three Rifles.... 6 août 2008
Par DJY51 - Publié sur Amazon.com
So the most popular elementary school primer teaches students, post-Taliban, how to count. In this war torn country, murder and torture provide more common shared experiences than going out for pizza.
Lamb intersperses her passion for education, with stories about dozens of Afghanis, creating a mosaic of a culture where people fight for fun, or vengeance or for any number of reasons, but whatever, violence seems to be in the dna of the people of this land. So does a desire to learn, no matter how much danger one faces to attend or to teach a clandestine class.
A good editor would have caught many grammatical errors. That said, the writer put her life on the line to show Afghanis that the West hasn't forgotten them, and that some people do care.
After reading this book, I strongly would recommend "Three Cups Of Tea" by Greg Mortenson. As depressing as this book is, his is uplifting.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Much more than sewing circles 20 octobre 2007
Par G. J. Weeks - Publié sur Amazon.com
Lamb's title is misleading. The sewing circles which hid clandestine education for women forbidden by the Taliban, are but a minor part of the author's travels in Afghanistan in two main periods, the war against the Russians and just after the defeat of the Taliban. This is a terrible account of what war does to destroy a land and of the inhumanity of life under the strict Islam of the Taliban. Who can imagine what it must have been like to live under a regime where all picture, music and even laughter were banned. So what is related here is often ugly,violent and cruel. Lamb writes well but one cannot help wondering what was the mother of a young child thinking of to put her life at risk as she did. This is not a pleasant read but there is something of happiness before the end and now life in Kabul is, I can say from personal experience, much better than when Lamb wrote. Afghanistan though sadly remains a land of violence still in danger from oppressive Islamists
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great reporting from a journalist with experience in Afghanistan over decades 26 mai 2007
Par Arthur Digbee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Christina Lamb is a journalist who spent several years in Afghanistan in the 1980s and then returned after the US-led invasion in 2001. She is clearly an adventurous type, and ended up hiding in ditches with mujaheddin under fire, among other things. Some of her friends ended up in the Taliban, while another (Hamid Karzai) is now the post-Taliban president of the country.

The book combines stories from both periods, as well as stories from friends about life under the Taliban. You'll meet a torturer for the Taliban, women who organized secret schools, mullahs who use motorbikes to scoot around the country because Soviet soldiers can't spot bikes easily, and a lot of Afghans trying to live their lives in a war-torn country. Lamb's experiences in the country over several decades make this book stand out among the many other Western accounts.

No matter how many books about Afghanistan I read, I continue to be amazed by how violent this society is, especially Pashtun society. Violence and brutality begin in the household and continues into public spaces and up into the political system. As a middle-class Brit, you'd expect Lamb to be highly critical - - and she is, in a way, but she prefers to take on the role of a reporter with many Afghan friends and a lot of sympathy for the people of the country.

Some people will find these stories depressing, and of course many of them are. Some stories will be hard for people to read. But I think it's ultimately an optimistic book, grounded in a love of the country and its people despite the horrors that insiders and outsiders have inflicted upon it.

Highly recommended.
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