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The Patience Stone
The Patience Stone | Atiq Rahimi
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“For far too long, Afghan women have been faceless and voiceless. Until now. With The Patience Stone, Atiq Rahimi gives face and voice to one unforgettable woman–and, one could argue, offers her as a proxy for the grievances of millions…it is a rich read, part allegory, part a tale of retribution, part an exploration of honor, love, sex, marriage, war. It is without doubt an important and courageous book.” from the introduction by Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns In Persian folklore, Syngue Sabour is the name of a magical black stone, a patience stone, which absorbs the plight of those who confide in it. It is believed that the day it explodes, after having received too much hardship and pain, will be the day of the Apocalypse. But here, the Syngue Sabour is not a stone but rather a man lying brain-dead with a bullet lodged in his neck. His wife is with him, sitting by his side. But she resents him for having sacrificed her to the war, for never being able to resist the call to arms, for wanting to be a hero, and in the end, after all was said and done, for being incapacitated in a small skirmish. Yet she cares, and she speaks to him. She even talks to him more and more, opening up her deepest desires, pains, and secrets. While in the streets rival factions clash and soldiers are looting and killing around her, she speaks of her life, never knowing if her husband really hears. And it is an extraordinary confession, without restraint, about sex and love and her anger against a man who never understood her, who mistreated her, who never showed her any respect or kindness. Her admission releases the weight of oppression of marital, social, and religious norms, and she leads her story up to the great secret that is unthinkable in a country such as Afghanistan. Winner of the Prix Goncourt, The Patience Stone captures with great courage and spare, poetic, prose the reality of everyday life for an intelligent woman under the oppressive weight of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. From the Hardcover edition.
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Kimzey
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The title refers to a Persian tale of a mythical stone that absorbs the pain of others. In this case, the “stone” is a comatose Afghan man whose wife confesses her secret thoughts to her unresponsive husband as war rages around them. Although I disliked the ending, I gave the book a good rating because the story has really stayed with me. #WorldTour @JulietteGF

JulietteGF Yes, the end is very violent!!! But not every story has a happy end, and I feel like it is sooo close to the reality... 10mo
Kimzey @JulietteGF I agree! It did give me a window into that reality, which I, otherwise, would never have known. 10mo
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Katerina
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#summersantagoespostal Dear Summer Santa! Your package has arrived and I'm dying to open it, but sadly I can't yet. I sent off my own package too late 😣 and now as a form or pennance I'll open this package when the package I have sent off has reached its recipient. Sorry! (to you and my recipient)

TrishB I honestly don't mind if you open yours 😀 2y
Katerina @TrishB Don't say that! I'm trying to stay strong here 😂 No, I think it's only fair. I can wait a few more days with you 😊 2y
TrishB 😀💗 2y
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JulietteGF
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Here is the schedule for the challenge #WorldTour
Rules: read each month an author from the featured country. The books from the column "my choice" are just examples, you don't have to choose the same ones. Use #WorldTour on your reviews ;) @Kimzey
I also created a hashtag on Instagram: #LiteraryWorldTourChallenge ?

Kimzey @JulietteGF Thank you! This is great! I'm pulling my reading lists together. I can't wait to look up your selections! 📚🌎🌍🌏 3y
JulietteGF @Kimzey You're welcome, honestly some countries asked for a lot of research. Andorra and Armenia were hard... For Armenia, I finally chose an author from the Armenian diaspora. But I will keep note of the books you pick for future readings. I'm really looking forward to your review 3y
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JulietteGF
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Because I want to read more books by foreign writers, I've decided to do a #WorldTour starting with Afghanistan in December. Then, each month I'll include on my to-read list a new world book ;) The picture makes so much more sense than my explanation... Do not hesitate to join me in this challenge! You don't have to choose the same books/authors, just follow the list of countries ;)

Kimzey Quelle bonne idée! I'd like to join you on your literary tour. That sounds like a fun challenge! 3y
JulietteGF Great! 😉 I just ordered the December book I've chosen for Afghanistan... Can't wait to receive it, and to begin this #WorldTour 3y
Faibka Great idea! My TBR plans are all over the place but if I can get organized I would love to join the challenge 😉 3y
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JulietteGF @Faibka Great! For me it's a way to motivate myself to read foreign books, and it's also a great excuse to buy more books ;) 3y
Faibka Yes! I agree 😁 3y
Kimzey @JulietteGF @Faibka I just downloaded this book for the #WorldTour, and am ready to get started. It appears you are going alphabetically (in French) through the countries. Let me know if this list would be correct from April forward: Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Saudi Arabia (Arabie Saoudite), Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria and Azerbaijan. I think this will be a fun challenge! Thanks for sharing it! 3y
JulietteGF @Kimzey Yes, I'm following the French alphabetical order for the list of countries, in April it will be Germany (allemagne), but then you got it right ;) I'll write down a bigger schedule and post it, it should help. I hope you enjoy this book, can't wait to read your review! 3y
Kimzey @JulietteGF Thanks! Oh, how could I have forgotten Allemagne!? Are you doing Angleterre also? I will wait for your list. 😊 Looking forward to our literary globe-trotting! 3y
JulietteGF @Kimzey I'm typing the list right now. I will include England, as well as Scotland, Northern Ireland, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Quebec, Wales. I think they all have writers worth discovering ;) 3y
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Hollie
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I listened to The Patience Stone on my commute and while I wasn't 100% in love with the narrator, I found this book to he so powerful. It is written sparsely, poetically and its telling of the tremendous pressure imposed upon Afghani women in their relationships with men, and reproduction, and their own sexual pleasure. The woman (which is all she is ever called) spills all of her deepest darkest secrets to her comatose man and frees herself.