“The Bookseller of Kabul” – Åsne Seierstad

Having by chance stumbled across this book in a bookshop in Cuba, I couldn’t have been more glad to have come across it!!

This narrative of a “not so usual” Afghan family is so eye-opening on so many levels. It was specifically for me, since I’ve never dived into the topic about the country or its culture before. It’s shocking & heartbreaking to read about the reality what women live through in such a society but for this I also believe that the book deserved 5 out of 5 stars, since it’s written in such a non-judgemental way. The author made her opinion clear in a very brief way in the very beginning of the book & has not inserted it anywhere else throughout the story. Would I have been interested what her fights & discussions of disagreement among the family were? (as mentioned by some previous reviewers) Yes, of course! But this would have turned it into a whole different book altogether & I have respect for the chosen perspective.

It’s touching, it’s heartbreaking, it pulls you in & makes you read on while sticking to a very simple style. All in all, I can say that I absolutely suggest it as a read & it has made it onto my list of favourite books!

“The Bookseller of Kabul” – Åsne Seierstad

★★★★★ (5/5)

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