The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“My tale from Kabul is the tale of a most unusual Afghan family. A bookseller’s family is unusual in a country where three quarters of the population can neither read nor write.”
After Taliban’s rule in the country, Afghanistan tried to set up their country back to how a democracy should be. Tried to rule out all the old laws made by Taliban. The story is both a nation which was determined and believed in rising up after loosing its freedom to gunmen.
“This is how first-year schoolchildren learn the alphabet: ‘J is for Jihad, our aim in life, I is for Israel, our enemy, K is for Kalashnikov, we will overcome….”
Sultan Khan is a bookseller in Afghanistan. He has many book stores and he believes that everyone should have access to books but never sent his kids to school. He wants women to be independent but doesn’t let his sister work and earn. This book shows the lives of different members in his family and how they are dependent on him. His decision is something no one would ever oppose and will obey even when they see that he is wrong because he is the one who wants people to be free but wants he family be dependent on him.
” I laugh with my mouth, not my heart.”
My favorite character was Leila as she was only one who actually want to be truly free and out of the cage. The book closely shows the culture and tradition of the country and how it slowly changed for women and children after years of trying. I really loved the epilogue where the author questions about other families’ freedom and gives something to ponder over.
Really love this book. Four stars, overall 😀