This is a wonderful and enlightening story. I just wish that the reader had been a "professional" rather than the author. His delivery was monotonous and sometimes hard to understand. We almost gave up on it after the first half hour. Fortunately the story became engrossing after that and the reading became less annoying.
Starts a little slow but the author does an impressive job narrating his own work. Really gets going in the second half. An excellent tale, well told.
The author also narrates the story and adds a realistic touch. It starts slow but well worth staying with as he winds the story together.
A nostalgic review of Afghanistan as it once was. And a chance to see that all people of Muslim origins aren't necessarily the fundamentalist version and still close to God. A good possibility to see that racial conflicts spare no society and no-one. And an entertaining, very personal story.
I'm so glad I read this book. It has given me an understanding of customs I knew little about. The story is so well told, one can only sit and listen from start to end!
I agree with the readers that call this a beautiful story. The fact that the narrator is the same as the author makes it even better. Some readers have called the main charcter weak; I call him human. Rather than glossing over the weak part it gives both parts -- good and bad and makes you appreciate the good even more. I liked the historical parts of the story as well as the actual plot.
This is a book I would recommend to others.
I came to this book with no pre-conceptions, but I have to say I ended up disappointed.
First the positives: the language and style of the writing are solid. The author does a very good job of reading his own work, which is rare in this industry. The novel feels authentic. It is a touching subject matter.
But my opinion of the book dropped sharply the more I heard, mostly for one reason. The plot is so predictable that it had me rolling my eyes at some points. I feel obligated not to list them here as they might spoil other readers, but there are very many heavy-handed plot devices in this book. Nearly every major plot point was heavily foreshadowed, and the level of coincidence caused me to actually laugh out loud at some inappropriate points. It's hard to feel much suspense when you know the author is taking a safe path all the time.
It will be interesting to see how this translates into movie form, where I expect many others will notice that the plot falls down once the prose is stripped away.
This book provides a totally new perspective on the culture and character of the Afghan people. Not all Afghans are Taliban or terrorists. The author tells a well written and spellbinding story that is hard to put down. The occupation by the Russians, the terror of the Taliban raids, and the bombing of their country highlights the hardship that the real people of this country have endured. I cannot say it erased all prejudice, but the characters in this book touched my heart.