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Patience Stone [Paperback]

Atiq Rahimi
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1.0 out of 5 stars VERY DISAPPOINTING! Aug. 16 2012
Format:Hardcover
I ordered and read this novella based on the two previous ratings! I was VERY DISAPPOINTED!!! I have read several books on the struggles of Afghanistan and this book was horrible! There was little progression in the reader's understanding of the plight of the women in this culture, or even the hardships of this war-torn country. This book was vulgar, utter complete nonsense. DO NOT waste your time or your $ on this read. It is not worth it!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tragic and senseless July 9 2014
By Anakina
Format:Paperback
It is actually a novella rather than a novel. In Afghanistan, a woman keeps vigil at the bedside of her husband in a coma and begins to talk with him, who cannot hear her, revealing untold secrets. Very particular the idea of telling the story as if there was a camera in the room recording images and sounds. We cannot see what is happening outside it; at best we can hear noises in the distance. The topics are certainly controversial though unfortunately not surprising anymore. The author's style is undoubtedly beautiful, but this story did not satisfy me. The choice of this particular external point of view removes breath from the narrative, makes it too limited. I wondered what the protagonist really thought and I wanted to see a little out of that room.
But what threw me off and resulted in my judgment is the ending, which might be called, at the option of the reader, meaningless or poetic. I opt for the first solution, since we are talking about a book of prose not poetry and I think that taking refuge in the beauty of writing to avoid giving plausibility to the end of a book is just an easy shortcut.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read March 19 2014
By ginger
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Loved the book...certainly gives insight to how women are treated in a country where women are almost considered non persons.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For those interested in cultural differences April 9 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The Patience Stone is a story told in the voice of an Aghan woman while she tends to her husband, a brain-dead man with a bullet lodged in his neck. “I’m going to tell you everything, my sang-e saboor. Everything. Until I set myself free from my pain, and my suffering,” she says. As she sits by his side, day by day, she reveals her deepest secrets, giving the reader an insight into an oppressive culture that has no respect for women. In his introduction, Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, writes, “Rahimi’s nameless heroine is a conduit, a living vessel for the grievances of millions of women like her, women who have been objectified, marginalized, scorned, beaten, ridiculed, silenced. In The Patience Stone, they have their say at last” (p. xii). This book is written in an unusual way--almost stream of consciousness. It's certainly not an uplifting book, but an interesting read for those who are interested in equity and inclusion issues around the world, and in learning about different cultures.
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