The Swallows of Kabul

Kobo ebook | December 18, 2007

byYasmina Khadra, John Cullen

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"Surprisingly tender." -- The New York Times Book Review. Set in Kabul under the rule of the Taliban, this extraordinary novel takes readers into the lives of two couples: Mohsen, who comes from a family of wealthy shopkeepers whom the Taliban has destroyed; Zunaira, his wife, exceedingly beautiful, who was once a brilliant teacher and is now no longer allowed to leave her home without an escort or covering her face. Intersecting their world is Atiq, a prison keeper, a man who has sincerely adopted the Taliban ideology and struggles to keep his faith, and his wife, Musarrat, who once rescued Atiq and is now dying of sickness and despair.
Desperate, exhausted Mohsen wanders through Kabul when he is surrounded by a crowd about to stone an adulterous woman. Numbed by the hysterical atmosphere and drawn into their rage, he too throws stones at the face of the condemned woman buried up to her waist. With this gesture the lives of all four protagonists move toward their destinies.
The Swallows of Kabul is a dazzling novel written with compassion and exquisite detail by one of the most lucid writers about the mentality of Islamic fundamentalists and the complexities of the Muslim world. Yasmina Khadra brings readers into the hot, dusty streets of Kabul and offers them an unflinching but compassionate insight into a society that violence and hypocrisy have brought to the edge of despair.

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"Surprisingly tender." -- The New York Times Book Review. Set in Kabul under the rule of the Taliban, this extraordinary novel takes readers into the lives of two couples: Mohsen, who comes from a family of wealthy shopkeepers whom the Taliban has destroyed; Zunaira, his wife, exceedingly beautiful, who was once a brilliant teacher and...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307429423

ISBN - 13:9780307429421

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing If one wants to truly enjoy story telling of the sorts, read Khaled Hosseini's books - Kite Runner, Thousand Splendid Suns, And the Mountains Echoed.
Date published: 2014-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different... This book was definitely not what i expected, and you need alot of understanding to read it. The writing is very beautiful and poetic but the story has no major plot. It mainly focuses on psycological struggles of the main character and how the country's current situation affects him mentally and emotionally. The story is mainly about his thoughts and struggle, it has no main storyline or plot. It was definitely not what i expected and not as good as i hoped it would be, but that depends on the types of books you like. It was compared to the books of Khaled Hosseini, but i enjoyed those much much more.
Date published: 2011-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the best, not the worst Yasmina Khadra (Mohammed Moulessehoul) describes how two couples lives are affected and become intertwined after the stoning death of an alleged prostitute in Kabul. The book is a relatively short read, and was reasonably well written, however I didn't really connect with any of the characters which made it only likeable. I wasn't sad when the book was finished and mostly I was just waiting for it to end. I wouldn't recommend it and I wouldn't re-read it, but I didn't hate it. A much better book that I would recommend having to do with Afghanistan would be "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini.
Date published: 2010-01-02