The Bookseller of Kabul

The Bookseller of Kabul In spring following the fall of the Taliban sne Seierstad spent four months living with a bookseller and his family in Kabul For than twenty years Sultan Khan defied the authorities be they com
  • Title: The Bookseller of Kabul
  • Author: Åsne Seierstad Ingrid Christopherson
  • ISBN: 9780316159418
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Bookseller of Kabul
    In spring 2002, following the fall of the Taliban, sne Seierstad spent four months living with a bookseller and his family in Kabul.For than twenty years Sultan Khan defied the authorities be they communist or Taliban to supply books to the people of Kabul He was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned by the communists, and watched illiterate Taliban soldiers burn piIn spring 2002, following the fall of the Taliban, sne Seierstad spent four months living with a bookseller and his family in Kabul.For than twenty years Sultan Khan defied the authorities be they communist or Taliban to supply books to the people of Kabul He was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned by the communists, and watched illiterate Taliban soldiers burn piles of his books in the street He even resorted to hiding most of his stock almost ten thousand books in attics all over Kabul.But while Khan is passionate in his love of books and his hatred of censorship, he also has strict views on family life and the role of women As an outsider, sne Seierstad found herself in a unique position, able to move freely between the private, restricted sphere of the women including Khan s two wives and the freer, public lives of the men.It is an experience that Seierstad finds both fascinating and frustrating As she steps back from the page and allows the Khans to speak for themselves, we learn of proposals and marriages, hope and fear, crime and punishment The result is a genuinely gripping and moving portrait of a family, and a clear eyed assessment of a country struggling to free itself from history to This mesmerizing portrait of a proud man who, through three decades and successive repressive regimes, heroically braved persecution to bring books to the people of Kabul has elicited extraordinary praise throughout
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  • Åsne Seierstad Ingrid Christopherson

    Asne Seierstad has received numerous awards for her journaism and has reported from such war torn regions as Chchnya, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq She is fluent in five languages and lives in Norway.

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  • I was irritated early on by the way this book was written I think it encompasses all my other grips about the book.Basically the situation is like this a woman journalist is in Kabul after 9 11 She meets this bookseller, lives with his family a few months with only 3 people in the family speaking English and then she writes a book about them First of all, having lived abroad and lived abroad with families, you can t know a family the way this author pretends to in that time We don t even know ho [...]


  • 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 It is compelling reading, and should be mandatory for anyone who wants to know about life in Afghanistan It is not a good thing to be a female there.


  • After finishing the book, I was quite surprised at the number of negative reviews here in Maybe a huge culture shock is at play here Many in the West may be put off by the realization that the values that they take for granted may be totally unheard of in certain parts of the world There are certain cultures where children are nothing but tools for parents and as such, are actively denied education There are cultures where falling in love is a greater crime than sawing off a person s head I know [...]


  • Sua Majestade O IslamismoA queda dos Taliban no Afeganist o surtiu alguma abertura no que toca condi o da mulher.As raparigas regressaram s escolas, e mulher foi legalmente concedido, o direito ao trabalho.Contudo, a lei familiar prevalece A fam lia um micro mundo com leis pr prias, e se um pater familiae entender que mais vantajoso vender as filhas h homens abastados no Afeganist o que pagam avultadas quantias para casar com jovens adolescentes para casamento, ou simplesmente us las como escrav [...]


  • Enter the world of the Norwegian journalist, sne Seierstad, who covers the aftermath of the Taliban on society in Afghanistan, and you get what you could expect, but still hope you re wrong a pseudo novelistic attempt at exposing the life of a country in turmoil vicious power struggles chaos.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 In fact, I struggled to get into thi [...]


  • Loved it Not long back from Pakistan and it was the perfect time to read this.Love learning about the culture Some of the stories we re savage.


  • Bokhandleren i Kabul The Bookseller of Kabul, sne SeierstadThe Bookseller of Kabul is a non fiction book written by Norwegian journalist sne Seierstad, about a bookseller, Shah Muhammad Rais whose name was changed to Sultan Khan , and his family in Kabul, Afghanistan, published in Norwegian in 2002 and English in 2003 It takes a novelistic approach, focusing on characters and the daily issues that they face 2005 1384 328 21


  • Asne Seirstadt writes an honest and candid account of her four months of life with an Afghan family, following the fall of the Taliban and the end of the reign of terror they subjected the Afghan people to.She spent these months with the family of Sultan Khan who for twenty years defied the tyranny of the Communists and then the Taliban by selling books on the black market because the tyrants did not allow books except those which subscribed to their narrow minded and sick ideas.Afghanistan was [...]


  • I think I learned from this one book than from any news story or other examination of Afghanistan.You think, after reading the forward and the beginning of the book, that the bookseller will be a progressive man, but his love for his country s history and its literary heritage is his only redeeming quality and yet the very reason he is such a bastard toward his family Everything comes second to his passion In the wake of the Taliban s withdrawal we see them slowly try to regain their freedoms, [...]


  • Delivering pizzas in Germany is far lucrative than working as a flight engineer in Afghanistan p58 Seierstad, a Norwegian journalist, stayed as a guest of the bookseller of Kabul of the title shortly after the fall of the Taliban view spoiler It is odd really that the USA ended up raining bombs on the Taliban There s a common current between some political persuasions in the USA and the Taliban, both really dislike women having pre martial sex, both are strongly inspired by the Bible and want t [...]


  • She couldn t survey the wreck of the world with an air of casual unconcern Margaret Mitchell sne Seierstad, an Award winning journalist turned Norwegian author, has penned a delectable and slightly captivating account of her stay with an Afghan family, who owned a bookshop in a terror stricken and on the verge of a civil war type Kabul in the year 2002, in the book called, The Bookseller of Kabul This is the personal story of almost every human being, mainly women of the household, from the book [...]


  • my issues with this book are basically ideological political in spite of an introduction justifying her decision to erase herself from the story, the author also says that she spent a significant period of her time in the household arguing with its male members presumably about gender politics and the subordinate status of the family s women i think including these disagreements would have made for a far stronger and compelling story not to mention honest as it is, this is just another piece o [...]


  • 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 it I wasn t going to write a review of this book at all until I read some of the other reviews posted here and became horrified at their castigation of Ms Seierstad.A rebuttal I liked this book BECAUSE it doesn t read like investigative journalism Seirstad never once pretends that she s being unbiased and doesn t apologize for the obvious slant Frankly, her slant is what I believe [...]



  • It being Banned Books Week when I began this book, I don t think I could have chosen a appropriate book to read than The Bookseller of Kabul The book was banned in 2008 by the Wyandotte, Michigan, Board of Education it tells of actual instances of banning and burning books in Afghanistan and the main character Sultan Khan was a bookseller who himself specialized in selling illegal books and writings, often right under the noses of the illiterate Taliban a holes Learning that most Taliban cannot [...]


  • Okay so the author seems very naive, and that s a pretty safe bet She is knowledgeable however, so I ll give her that I wouldn t take this book seriously if you re looking for some real social or historical insight into Afghanistan It really pales in that sense If you re looking for a light read and a good story, in that sense, it s good and can offer some inspiration So it s all right so far All right, just finished it It was interesting and page turning, but the author s tone really aggravated [...]


  • The most depressing book about the area that I have read Most of the characters have little to no redeeming qualities or likeablity The bookseller was the least likeable of all The ones that were likeable and you wanted to root for you realize have no chance for happiness or an existance other than servitude and repression The book didn t flow very well either At times I wasn t sure if I was reading a book or a collection of magazine articles The author represents the people and events as actual [...]


  • This is the kind of book that must be read with caution The author chose to write it as though it was a novel and not a journalistic account This incurs the risk as it is obvious when one reads other reviews of having readers confusing it with actual fiction Then there s the whole western gaze This is a norwegian woman writing on a society she does not belong to, a society that is very different from hers, and it can perfectly be argued that five months spent amongst a family are not sufficient [...]


  • M s que una novela, El librero de Kabul es un conjunto de cr nicas sociales, cada una centrada en alg n miembro de la familia del protagonista.Uno de esos libros necesarios para conocer culturas tan distintas y alejadas de la nuestra, en pa ses marcados por guerras y reg menes autoritarios, por fanatismos religiosos y jerarqu as familiares en las que la mujer no tiene voz ni voto.Algunos cap tulos son m s interesantes que otros pero con todos aprendes algo de las costumbres del pa s y el hecho d [...]


  • Over two decades Sultan Khan sold books in defiance of the authorities The authority changed from Afghans to communists to Taliban, but the persecutions remained the same imprisonment, arrest, beatings and regular interrogation He suffered watching illiterate Taliban thugs burn piles of his books in the streets of Kabul, so he hid them His collection and stock was secreted across attics and rooms across the capital Whilst he abhorred censorship and was passionate about all things literary he was [...]


  • My knowledge of Afghan culture is really minimal so cannot really say how accurate a portrayal it is I did however get a strong sense of judgement and superiority from this author which I didn t like.



  • We all know those travel books who pretend to teach you about a culture of which the writer doesn t even speak the language if you travel using this guide , I can only feel sorry for you alright, I ll drop the pretense of anonymity I mean Rick Steeve.Only this isn t about tourism, it s about the pain and suffering of an entire country that hasn t known peace and respect for as long as they can remember Patronizing them and their inferior culture isn t just tasteless, it s downright damnable And [...]


  • I reached for The Bookseller of Kabul for two reasons First of all, books are not what usually comes to my mind when I think of contemporary Afghanistan and I was rather curious of the story secondly, I had already known sne Seierstad from her book about Anders Breivik and expected good narrative and distinctive characters that would be outlined with subtlety and develop into force majeure of the book The choice proved to be right on a couple of different levels Nothing is straight forward with [...]


  • My tale from Kabul is the tale of a most unusual Afghan family A bookseller s family is unusual in a country where three quarters of the population can neither read nor write After Taliban s rule in the country, Afghanistan tried to set up their country back to how a democracy should be Tried to rule out all the old laws made by Taliban The story is both a nation which was determined and believed in rising up after loosing its freedom to gunmen This is how first year schoolchildren learn the alp [...]


  • 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 on Sultan Khan s family.I am not sure I like the way the story reads, In spring 2002 award winning journalist Asne Seiratad spent four months living with the bookseller and his family but while the story is told by S [...]


  • This was a selection from my in person book club and I found it to be okay It is a true story and I thought I would be reading about his quest to distribute literature in Kabul Although he talks about it somewhat, it s not the main thrust of the book Still the passages about the destruction of libraries and museums is enough to break your heart I don t understand the logic of the Nazis and the Taliban in the burning of books but I guess it cuts down on people having different viewpoints Sultan, [...]



  • This book titled The Bookseller of Kabul and the blurb suggests defying Taliban co by a bookseller for his love of books, was actually a honest portrait of Afghan society And it had little to do with books n reading So, there was a feeling of being cheated.Secondly, having read Hosseini s brilliant novels on Afghan society, non fiction written in a grim, matter of fact style was boring And have read travelogues on d region though not Afghanistan.Will repeat though that her writing was honest n f [...]


  • A hard book to take and I did find some of the angles covered a tad bit implausible, from an investigative POV Who in their right mind is going to tell this white western woman okayed by Sultan anything as disparate and desperate as their feelings about him Yes, I am a little suspect of Seierstad s methods here but there is no doubt that the behaviours exposed are pretty true to life in Afghanistan at the moment.


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