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Chapter 2: Afghanistan (The Traveling Biblio Chronicles)

I have known Yeldah @beautiful.bibliophile for a couple of years now thanks to bookstagram and she was one of the first people I approached for this series. Yeldah originates from Afghanistan and she will take over today’s post. Afghanistan needs to be read about more and I’m so happy she is recommending a book based there on today’s guest post.

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“For you, a thousand times over.”

Hi there, it’s Yeldah! You might know me from Instagram as @beautiful.bibliophile or this may be your first hearing about me, which ever it is I’m glad to be writing this piece. I was very excited when Faroukh asked me if I would participate and write a guest post for his weekly blog segment: Traveling Biblio Chronicles.

As a daughter of immigrants from Afghanistan, but born and raised in Canada, I grew up surrounded with Persian/Afghani culture with a Canadian twist. When I was younger I hardly read anything by Afghan authors or books that were set in Afghanistan because there wasn’t much to read. Not having many diverse books growing up I decided to do some research of my own.

When I was 13 or 14, I picked up my first book written by Afghan author which was also set in Afghanistan – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Immediately after starting it, I knew that this book would deeply affect me (aka make me cry like a child). I only read half the book then, but a couple years later I picked it up for my English class and this time I finished it.

Review:

The Kite Runner is a book that follows the life of an Afghani boy, from his childhood to adulthood. It tells the story of Amir, the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, and his struggles in dealing with real-world terrors such as the Afghan-Soviet War but also with private horrors that come to light as the book progresses.

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I found The Kite Runner to be such touching story, but it was hard to read at times since it dealt with some very real and dreadful Afghan history. It also deals with the topics of child neglect mental/physical abuse, violence in times of war and terrorism in an authentic and important manner. The characters are all relatable because they aren’t perfect and have flaws, even if they are not always likeable they will break your heart (you have been warned). But in my most honest opinion, there’s a kind of beauty and significance of this story that really touched me.

Hope you have the chance to pick this wonderful work of fiction up, I would highly recommend it to everyone!

What are some books that left you speechless?

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This was Chapter 2 of the traveling biblio chornicles by Yeldah Yousfi. You can buy the book here from book depository
This book travel series will continue next week when our next guest takes us on a magical journey to the land of the Pyramids!
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19 thoughts on “Chapter 2: Afghanistan (The Traveling Biblio Chronicles)”

  1. I liked this book though I had quite a few reservations about it too. The Afghan war spilled into Pakistan in a major way and the Hazara community is still persecuted even in Pakistan. I guess it is different when you’re actually living with the reality of a war around you!

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    1. I’m pretty sure perspectives change a lot based on geography. That’s why I’m trying to find people who actually live I. The country or have direct ties to it to recommend books for these series. Next week inshaAllah we have Egypt and then Palestine. Should be interesting!

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  2. The kite runner is already a very famous book. I was looking forward for another recommendation for Afghanistan because this book and other Khaled Hosseini’s books actually made me crave to read more about Afghanistan. But I am loving this series and looking forward for next recommendations.

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    1. Here’s a couple recommendations from someone who has worked in Afghanistan since 2003 and has lived there since 2011: 1. A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story, Omar; 2. West Of Kabul, East Of New York: An Afghan American Story, and Games without Rules: The Often-Interrupted History of Afghanistan, Ansary; 3. A Bed Of Red Flowers: In Search Of My Afghanistan, Pazira.

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  3. I read The Kite Runner 2 years ago and till then I had no idea about what had happened to Afganistan or to their people. And, when I got to know, I felt so small. This book pushed me to the verge of tears, made me ache for a beauty unknown to me. I never knew that a book has that much power. After reading it I was so convinced that no book will ever be as good as this but when I came across to A Thousand Splendid Suns, I realized how wrong I was. God! What did we do to deserve a person like Mr. Hosseni? I still haven’t read Mr. Hosseini’s third book yet as I m saving it for later. There is nothing I can say about his books that’ll not be an understatement.

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