Swallows of Kabul: A Novel

by Yasmina Khadra | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1402571976 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Whiteraven of Florence, Kentucky USA on 9/12/2010
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5 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Whiteraven from Florence, Kentucky USA on Sunday, September 12, 2010
This is a wonderful book that deals with the stoning of a woman in Afghanistan, the "mentality of Islamic fundamentalists and the complexities of the Muslim world." (from cover flap) Especially relevant for today's readers who are exploring the questions of religious fundamentalism.

Planning to send to a fellow bookcrosser for the 2010 HGG.

Journal Entry 2 by Whiteraven at Villa Hills, Kentucky USA on Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (9/20/2010 UTC) at Villa Hills, Kentucky USA

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Mailed to ApoloniaX as part of HGG 2010. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by wingApoloniaXwing at Bremen, Bremen Germany on Saturday, September 25, 2010
Just received this in the mail - thank you so much, WhiteRaven, a wishlist book, I'm delighted!

Journal Entry 4 by wingApoloniaXwing at Bremen, Bremen Germany on Thursday, October 28, 2010
This is a nightmarish, excellent read. Beautiful language (and it seems to be a very good translation) - very much in contrast to the harrowing descriptions of 90s Kabul and its inhabitants. Very recommendable!
(Might go to an Asia VBB.)

Journal Entry 5 by wingApoloniaXwing at South Asian VBB, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (1/18/2011 UTC) at South Asian VBB, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases

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Travelling to Ireland
to KiwiinEngland
who chose it from the South Asia VBB

Journal Entry 6 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Friday, January 21, 2011
Thanks for putting this wonderful looking book into the South Asian VBB, along with the great photocard.

I've stood at the top of the Kyber pass looking into Afghanistan but that's as close as I've been.

Journal Entry 7 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Wednesday, April 27, 2011
This book described the claustrophobic life of living under extreme rule, the physical claustrophobia of women encased in a burqua and the issue for both genders is being unable to speak openly for fear of being punished.

I wonder if this book had been written by a women, as opposed to a man using a non-de-plume, would the characters have acted differently?

Other questions that I ponder after reading the book (contains spoilers, highlight to read).

Was Musarrat realistic in her actions, had she been living under a regime which denied her as a person so long she was truly delighted her husband had found love with another woman. Would she offer to make a meal for this person with such joy? Did Musarrat and Atiq both believe that Zunaira was like an gift that could be passed between men without consideration, because as a women Zunaira had no feelings/thoughts/opinions that counted.

Journal Entry 8 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Manchester, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (4/30/2011 UTC) at Manchester, Greater Manchester United Kingdom

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Taking the slow boat to Australia, as chosen from Apoloniax's Asian VBB.

Journal Entry 9 by Dancesports at Petcheys Bay, Tasmania Australia on Thursday, July 21, 2011
Book arrived yesterday (20th) almost three months on the slow boat - but no worries as I've had plenty to read in the meantime.

Thanks for sending to me KiwiinEngland.

Journal Entry 10 by Dancesports at Petcheys Bay, Tasmania Australia on Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I read this one last year about November. great book and now its ready to move on as part of the first page asian vbb.

Journal Entry 11 by Dancesports at Asian First Page VBB, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (1/11/2012 UTC) at Asian First Page VBB, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases

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on the way to the Netherlands

Journal Entry 12 by Tsjara at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, January 19, 2012
Thank you Dancesports! What a nice surprise to find 2 packages from you in the mail. :)
Another one of those books that I've heard about or seen in the bookstores ('The Reluctant Fundamentalist' too), and thought that I would like to read it someday, but never did. So.. thank you for the opportunity :)

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