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THE book to read NOW!
le 22 octobre 2005
A friend sent me this book - I'd never heard of it. However, as soon as I started reading, I realised this book was going to be incredible and that I would love it.
The first half is a presentation of all the characters - who become very "touchant" as soon as one starts reading, as well as realistic in its descriptions of the way of life in Afghanistan.
Set initially in the early 70's in Afghanistan, before the Russian invasion, the book describes an interesting country (knowing literally nothing about Afghanistan personally) with it's way of life, customs and it's "castes". Radical changes take place once the Russians come in and the characters we've grown attached to must come to terms with certain events and their consequences - which prove to be complicated.
The graphic descriptions of the Taliban regime and the total destruction of a country physically, morally and humanely are difficult at times, "insoutenable" at others. Nevertheless, the novel doesn't come off as pathetic nor as begging for your sympathy - it's just the truth: dosed with both the good and the bad.
At times one thinks one knows what will happen but, events seem to take a different turn.
The use of Afghan terms to describe the real emotion of family, of closeness, to bring forth an image of Afghanistan is used quite well without overtaking the book and keeps one in the proper state of mind.
Frankly, this is one of the finest novels (a first novel for the author) I've read, if not THE finest in a very long time.
Highly recommended reading for a novel that has grown through word of mouth - and very rightly so. Looking forward to the next work by this same author.
I was lucky enough to hear the author discuss the book on tv in the US. Most of what happens in the most is VERY close to being autobiographical and the author is as articulate in speaking as he is through the written word.
Truly an eye-opening experience and a must-read novel!!
If I could, I'd give it a higher rating than 5!