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The Swallows of Kabul
The Swallows of Kabul | Yasmina Khadra
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Set in Kabul under the rule of the Taliban, this extraordinary novel takes readers into the lives of two couples: Mohsen, who comes from a family of wealthy shopkeepers whom the Taliban has destroyed; Zunaira, his wife, exceedingly beautiful, who was once a brilliant teacher and is now no longer allowed to leave her home without an escort or covering her face. Intersecting their world is Atiq, a prison keeper, a man who has sincerely adopted the Taliban ideology and struggles to keep his faith, and his wife, Musarrat, who once rescued Atiq and is now dying of sickness and despair. Desperate, exhausted Mohsen wanders through Kabul when he is surrounded by a crowd about to stone an adulterous woman. Numbed by the hysterical atmosphere and drawn into their rage, he too throws stones at the face of the condemned woman buried up to her waist. With this gesture the lives of all four protagonists move toward their destinies. The Swallows of Kabul is a dazzling novel written with compassion and exquisite detail by one of the most lucid writers about the mentality of Islamic fundamentalists and the complexities of the Muslim world. Yasmina Khadra brings readers into the hot, dusty streets of Kabul and offers them an unflinching but compassionate insight into a society that violence and hypocrisy have brought to the edge of despair. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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StephanieMarie
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I just didn't enjoy it at all and I can't really put my finger on why. Not memorable.

#booked2019 #muslimauthor #muslimMC

@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Ugh, that‘s a shame because the title and cover art drew me right in 😢 2mo
StephanieMarie @Cinfhen same! It was totally a cover buy. 2mo
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Parvez
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In the novel, every action every character makes seems to be connected in some way, and the theme of fate and predestination is evident in the plot. In each of their lives, the characters experience violence, love, and survival that is all described to be part of their destinies. In addition, Khadra incorporates important details about Islamic fundamentalism and how complex the Muslim world truly is.

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Parvez
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Currently reading. Yasmina Khadra is the pseudonym of a former Algerian army officer named Mohamed Mou-lessehoul. He was still in post when he wrote his first novel.

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Tamra
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4.5 I have a penchant for depressing reads and this fits the bill. Some beautiful writing and poignant observations. I almost bailed in the first chapter because it felt like the translator had used a thesaurus which was distracting. But I‘m very glad I didn‘t because the rest was beautiful.

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Tamra
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There are some wonderful passages in this novel. This one refers to the husband‘s participation in the public stoning of a “whore”, apparently quite out of character for him.

There is an earlier section of misogyny that was eye popping.

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Tamra
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I had to share my new “Chase boy” mug I found on vacation. 🤗 He has a variety of colorful birds all along his back & tail. In real life my Lab would be chasing those birds. 😹

I just started the tagged book last night. It was translated from French, but the English feels “overwritten” in terms of the vocabulary used which is distracting.

tammysue Ooh I love it! 1y
LeahBergen What a nice mug! 1y
JoScho Love it! 1y
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BookishMe
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Dramatic glimpse of a society where 'nothing turns out right..., neither joys nor sorrows'

Fast read with short chapters despite the intense topic. Definitely will continue to read more about this region.
Now off to continue the journey in the various Londons 😍😍

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BookishMe
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The shroud of condemnation

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BookishMe
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"In the middle of nowhere, a whirlwind spins like a sorceress flinging out her skirts in a macabre dance;"

So begins my next unflinchingly vivid journey into 'a dark antechamber'

My eyes popped at the blatant misogyny painted in this book

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Bry
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This short novel provides a brief look into the bleak lives of 4 people in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. The characters are working through their complex feelings of anger, hopelessness and anxiety about their new way of life and their loss of freedom. The writing made me feel uncomfortable, in the good way that happens when you're forced to contemplate something horrible and vastly different from anything you've ever experienced. #booksintranslation

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