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The Khaarijee: A Chronicle of Friendship and War in Kabul

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Publisher Comments:

A memoir about six orphans, a dog, a Muslim man, and an inexperienced American journalist--thrust together in post-9/11 Afghanistan Shortly after September 11, J. Malcolm Garcia, a former social worker new to both journalism and war, arrived in Afghanistan. Over the next seven years, he would return to the country several times, finding there both a professional and emotional center. When he first arrived, Garcia met Khalid, a young Afghan he affectionately called Bro, who became his driver, interpreter, and, eventually, his friend. Bro in turn called Garcia the khaarijee--the outsider. He told Garcia he wasn't responsible for his new friend's life, but at least two times he saved it. He instructed Garcia to avoid dogs because they were rabid, then helped him steal a puppy from an organized dog fight. Bro told him to be wary of street children, only to assist him in feeding and educating six homeless, war-orphaned boys. Bro was Sancho Panzo to Garcia's Don Quixote, and together they faced Afghanistan's uncertain future. Gritty, gripping, and unexpectedly moving, The Khaarijee tells the story of this extraordinary intersection of paths, and shows how profoundly Afghanistan transformed Garcia. Issues of friendship and loss, guilt and resolution, and wanting to make a difference tap into universal themes, extending The Khaarijee beyond much travel writing and war reportage.

Review:

"An unlikely friendship is forged following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in this episodic, largely apolitical memoir. A social worker turned journalist for the Kansas City Star, Garcia arrives in Kabul with minimal overseas experience, but simplistic early descriptions (e.g., Afghanistan, 'like Texas, is an amalgam of tribes') thankfully give way to more serious discussions of the poverty and desperation he witnesses in Kabul. Over the course of his seven years of travel in the region, he forms a warm friendship with 'Bro,' a driver and translator whose real name, Khalid, proves too challenging for Garcia. The author's habit of renaming Afghans (there's a 'Mr. Ten Dollar' and a 'Yeltsin') is more patronizing and less endearing than the writer believes, and it's satisfying when Yeltsin unexpectedly upbraids the author for changing other people's names so cavalierly. The eponymous 'khaarijee' (outsider), Garcia is at his best when capitalizing on his status to launch important — and engaging — investigations of what it means to be a privileged Westerner in one of the most destitute places in the world. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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About the Author

J. Malcolm Garcia has worked as a reporter for the Kansas City Star and is a regular contributor to the Virginia Quarterly Review. His award-winning essays have garnered attention from NPR, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, and have appeared in The Best American Travel Writing and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807000571
Subtitle:
A Chronicle of Friendship and War in Kabul
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Author:
Garcia, Malcolm
Author:
Garcia, J. Malcolm
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Afghan War, 2001-
Subject:
Garcia, J. Malcolm
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090901
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

Related Subjects

Biography » General
History and Social Science » Asia » Afghanistan
History and Social Science » World History » Afghanistan and Pakistan
History and Social Science » World History » Asia » General

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Product details 248 pages Beacon Press - English 9780807000571 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "An unlikely friendship is forged following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in this episodic, largely apolitical memoir. A social worker turned journalist for the Kansas City Star, Garcia arrives in Kabul with minimal overseas experience, but simplistic early descriptions (e.g., Afghanistan, 'like Texas, is an amalgam of tribes') thankfully give way to more serious discussions of the poverty and desperation he witnesses in Kabul. Over the course of his seven years of travel in the region, he forms a warm friendship with 'Bro,' a driver and translator whose real name, Khalid, proves too challenging for Garcia. The author's habit of renaming Afghans (there's a 'Mr. Ten Dollar' and a 'Yeltsin') is more patronizing and less endearing than the writer believes, and it's satisfying when Yeltsin unexpectedly upbraids the author for changing other people's names so cavalierly. The eponymous 'khaarijee' (outsider), Garcia is at his best when capitalizing on his status to launch important — and engaging — investigations of what it means to be a privileged Westerner in one of the most destitute places in the world. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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