The Swallows of Kabul

by Yasmina Khadra | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1400033764 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingjumpinginwing of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on 1/16/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by wingjumpinginwing from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, January 16, 2010
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Journal Entry 2 by wingjumpinginwing from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Tuesday, February 16, 2010
This must be one of the bleakest stories I've ever read--wonderfully written, but so sad.

Shroffland has chosen this book from ApoloniaX's Contemporary Asian Literature Virtual Bookbox.

Journal Entry 3 by wingjumpinginwing at North Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (2/17/2010 UTC) at North Vancouver, British Columbia Canada



Sent to Shroffland today.

Journal Entry 4 by Shroffland from Snellville, Georgia USA on Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Just arrived! I have many books in my "first cut" TBR stack, so this will have to sit on the shelf for a little while. Thanks for sharing it!

Journal Entry 5 by Shroffland at Snellville, Georgia USA on Sunday, June 19, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (6/18/2011 UTC) at Snellville, Georgia USA


I agree with jumpingin; very bleak and disheartening, but the characters are drawn clearly and credibly, which kept me reading til the end.

On its way to sofitta1 who selected it from thr Global Village VBB

Journal Entry 6 by wingsoffitta1wing at Ávila, Ávila Spain on Thursday, June 23, 2011
Thanks for sending me this, it has been on my wishlist for ages.

It''s hard to know where to start with this book. It has been on my radar for a while, but when it arrived, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it as I knew it would be heavy going.

The setting is Kabul under the Taliban, and the book tells of lives that are connected through a series of dramatic events. The book begins with a woman being stoned. Mohsen, walking past, joins in, even hitting the woman on the head. He goes home where he confesses to his educated wife, not even really sure as to why he did it, how he got caught up in the moment. A wedge starts to make its way between the couple, especially as Zunaira, his wife, is struggling with her current situation, having to stay underwraps, especially hard for a woman who once worked as a professor.

The second couple are Atiq and his wife Musarrat. Atiq, unlike Mohsen, works for the regime, as a prison officer. Yet it is Atiq who starts to question the regime first, firstly with the suffering of his ill wife and then through a female inmate.

This is a male-dominated society, but while they are afforded more freedom than their womenfolk, this doesn't mean they are free. The female characters seem to be more capable of love and sacrifice, despite their weaker social position.

To say this is a sad book is rather obvious, but it is, right from the start. That does not mean I regret reading it, but that it stayed with me, making me think.

Passed on to Gitana100.

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