32/100 of #100bookpact
The Bookseller of Kabul
Again this book came as a gift and recommendation from a close friend - found it just about average as I just finished a superb Irani book right before this one hence the expectations (may be) were on a higher side. Unfortunately this one has too much of politics and current affairs covered in the book with too less on story (on which I was more keen), hence didnt work for me the way I expected. Åsne Seierstad the Author entered Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks and she spent three months with the Afgani family a bookseller whose story it actually is. Although its a superb real time account from the local citizen's perspective, also gives a great insight on everyday life in Kabul that too not so long ago. It has almost everything in right amount, call it Humor, Shocks, Adventure, Sadness and what not. I am going to try another of her work shortly something she wrote while staying in a country for 101 days. It was a quick over the weekend read.