Published October 26th by Little, Brown and Company first published Foreword – Chapter Three. Using informal language, the site gives a quick impression of who will enjoy the book. A very interesting, journalistic depiction of life in Afghanistan as told from inside the tent of a relatively well-to-do family, with particular attention to the experiences of females. The impact on the people is enormous as far as restructuring their lives is concerned. Sep 01, Michel rated it did not like it Shelves: In the wake of the Taliban’s withdrawal we see them slowly try to regain their freedoms, but after years of outside oppression, the feeling has slowly sunk inward. Oh, and have you read “Not Without My Daughter”?

It spreads like wildfire in the neighborhood, where everyone is watching one another’s morals. The Business Trip, pg. Sep 01, Michel rated it did not like it Shelves: Lit Circle 5 – Rachel. At one point, his wife Sharifa spends a year living in Pakistan running a part of the book business from there during a bad period in the war. The one thing that he does manage to keep from his mother is some of the pay he requires from his work as an interpreter for English soldiers and journalists.

Frankly, her slant is wha Valerie – I found a used copy of this book for your Christmas present since I raved about it to you so don’t go buying kkabul

Detailed Review Summary of The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad

His sons do not speak up against their father’s wishes which prevent snopsis from having a decent childhood as they slave away in his shops. When she goes into the head of the characters and explores their thoughts and feelings you know that she must be taking liberties. Patronizing them and their “inferior” culture isn’t just tasteless, it’s downright damna We all know those travel books who pretend to teach you about a culture of which the writer doesn’t even speak the language: It was run by an urbane man ready to share his stories.

It is a closed and cautious country in which marriage negotiations are conducted by a man’s nearest female relative – except in cases of utmost need, and in which the brides family can be expected to say no on the first attempt merely as a matter of form anything else would be to sell short to this rich unknown suitor whom Sultan bookselleer so warmly. I am not sure I like the way the story reads, In spring award winning journalist Asne Seiratad spent four months living with the bookseller and his family but while the story is told I was slightly confused about this book as when I read the blurb I thought the book was going to be about the bookseller himself and his book shop and about how he bookseler the authorities to supply books to the people of Kabul but this book sways away from the blurb and concentrates more on Sultan Khan’s family.


Living with a family for a few months and only interacting with the three English-speaking members of the family does not merit her sweeping generalizations. The book is written with such heavy condescension that I wanted to throw up.

In this she takes a step back and lets the Khans speak for themselves, and you see a very private life inside an Afghan family. Then there’s the whole “western gaze”.

And I point an accusing finger at all those leftists who claim to believe in feminism but defend excesses Should women in these countries got less rights than what you people take for granted? It takes a novelistic approach, focusing on characters and the daily issues that they face. The stories she tells are claustrophobic. Coming from a liberal Norwegian society, and being a young journalist, it is expected that the book will be written from a pessimistic, typical journalistic point of view.

The author’s personal account definitely moved me and that too very deeply, but has failed to stir any emotions or my thoughts towards the women or the men from this book.

Depending on the study guide provider SparkNotes, Shmoop, etc. She talked about real people and she made them real in her pages with her intimate detailing of idiosyncratic observations. Articles needing additional references from October All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata.

The Bookseller of Kabul Book Summary and Study Guide

Seierstad won an appeal which overturned the previous ruling and cleared the author and her publisher, Cappelen Damm, of invading the privacy of the Rais family, and concluded that the facts of the book were accurate. So you wonder how the book ends? Click here to see the rest of this review. But okay, so it wasn’t a novel, so let me at least credit the author for her effort: Trivia About The Bookseller of If only all of the women had that option.

Okay so the author seems very naive, and that’s a pretty safe bet. Sultan is an authoritative person who demands respect and obedience. An elder son talks of his sexual frustration and his feelings of disgust when a friend shows him the best way to get sex; to lure poverty-stricken war widows and beggar girls into his shop.

Perhaps Seierstad didn’t care.

Observer review: The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad | Books | The Guardian

It was obviously a best seller for reasons beyond my understanding, but as a novel, or well-written one? I do not believe she boikseller this understanding and therefore do not think she should have conveyed it as such. Burkas were purposefully designed — by a man — to cut off peripheral vision, so that the wearer must turn her head directly at whatever she wants to see so that her man then knows at all times what she is looking at.


Seierstad clearly likes her family but above all she bleeds for its women, treated like dirt even by small syhopsis. This article needs additional citations for verification.

Especially not in such an undignified way. It was a bundle of interviews with all the characters blanketed by a liberal, inexperienced viewpoint from observing filth, poverty, oppression, cruelty, and whatever adjectives or synonyms for it could be found in a journalist’s vocabulary. I did find the historical content of the book really interesting and felt such sadness for some of the characters especially the women who are treated so badly and have no control over their kanul, I found the power fathers, husbands, brothers and sons have over their wives mothers, sisters and daughters so disturbing that I found it difficult reading as I wanted these women to triumph over these self obsessed bookselleer but that I am afraid this would not be true in the society they live in.

Eventually in a court decided that this was what journalists are entitled to do. The author lives with the Kahn booksepler in their small crowded apartment to experience everyday life and to gather information for the book.

Family at war – with itself

It was surprising how you could at once hate and love a character, know nothing about them and then second bookseeller yourself and find yourself completely enthralled in their identities.

Though this is not common, it was kind of a relief from what we have been accustomed to in the rest of the book. No one, it’s bad. Want to Read saving….

This page was last edited on 25 Februaryat It is compelling reading, and should be mandatory for anyone who wants to know about life in Afghanistan. I was slightly confused about this book as when I read the blurb I thought the book was going to be about the bookseller himself and his book shop and about how he defied the authorities to supply books to the people of Kabul but this book sways away from the blurb and concentrates more on Sultan Khan’s family.