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.
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.
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.
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