Zoya's Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for Freedom by John FollainZoya's Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for Freedom by John Follain

Zoya's Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for Freedom

byJohn Follain

Paperback | April 15, 2003

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Kabul was always more beautiful in the snow. Even the piles of rotting rubbish in my street, the only source of food for the scrawny chickens and goats that our neighbors kept outside their mud houses, looked beautiful to me after the snow had covered them in white during the long night.

Though she is only twenty-three, Zoya has witnessed and endured more tragedy and terror than most people experience in a lifetime. Born in a land ravaged by war, she was robbed of her parents when they were murdered by Muslim fundamentalists. Devastated, she fled Kabul with her grandmother and started a new life in exile in Pakistan. She joined the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), an organization that challenged the crushing edicts of the Taliban government, and she took destiny into her own hands, joining a dangerous, clandestine war to save her nation.

Direct and unsentimental, Zoya vividly brings to life the realities of growing up in a Muslim culture, the terror of living in a perpetual war zone, the pain of losing those she has loved, the horrors of a woman’s life under the Taliban, and the discovered healing and transformation that lead her on a path of resistance.

John Follain has covered Italy and the Vatican as a correspondent for the Sunday Times since 1998. He is the author of the critically acclaimed titles A Dishonoured Society: The Sicilian Mafia’s Threat to Europe, Jackal: The Secret Wars of Carlos the Jackal, and Zoya’s Story: An Afghan Woman’s Struggle for Freedom written with Rita Cr...
Title:Zoya's Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for FreedomFormat:PaperbackPublished:April 15, 2003Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060097833

ISBN - 13:9780060097837

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad It wasn't terrible. It wasn't great either. I think I expected more from it then it was able to give. I have recently become passionate about reading about the Middle East after "It's What I Do" which is a fantastic book and I think one everyone should read. With this one I found that the story was too short and skimmed over certain parts that I wish she had explored deeper. I wanted to see the strong build up of her determination or courage and maybe her doubts and her fears but it was barely touched upon so it felt almost too easy. Each part started randomly so I was left with characters and interactions I hadn't been introduced to previously. I also had issues with the way she confronted some people on their decisions because not everyone can make the choices she makes and sometimes people do get torn down and weakened by what they endure. And not sending children to a safer country? I understand that this was to keep the people in Afghanistan where they needed to be but it is their lives they need to save. Maybe I'm only saying this because I'm in a safe country where I don't have to make that choice and maybe this is why I preferred "It's What I Do" over this one because "It's what I Do" is from a similar background as me so I could relate to the story better. With that said it wasn't a bad book and I do encourage you to read it
Date published: 2017-07-31

Editorial Reviews

“A tale of struggle and suffering…from a courageous freedom fighter…Timely and sobering.”