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The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
The Bookseller of Kabul

Honest Critique, December 2, 2008

Very interesting read. This book presents a brutal look into the lives of an Afghani family. HOWEVER, be warned, despite what the tainted eyes of other Westerners would lead you to believe. This book is not unbiased. Seierstad attepts to remove herself from the story via point of view; however, Western biases in the POV of the characters involved is subtly intertwined within the novel, but blatantly obvious at times. This is not a typical Afghani family, and this is NOT nonfiction. The author often recieves information through 3rd to 5th or more string sources, and despite this, still interjects her own perception of what those people's thoughts were. In no way do I endorse the actions of the characters presented but do not be easily consumed by the authors pathos. Wonderful read, but DON'T be fooled into believing this book is what it assumes itself as.
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