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Patience Stone [Paperback]

Atiq Rahimi
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1.0 out of 5 stars VERY DISAPPOINTING! Aug. 16 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars great read March 19 2014
By ginger
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant! April 5 2010
A brilliant novel. Unlike anything I have ever read - the style is fascinating. Completely eye-opening and heart wrenching. Definitely one of my top ten books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Somewhere in Afghanistan or elsewhere" March 6 2010
By Friederike Knabe TOP 50 REVIEWER
This simple epigram sets the stage for this very unusual and powerful story: it is both personal, even intimate, and wide-reaching in substance and relevance. At the centre of all comings and goings is one room where a woman attends to her wounded husband. A photo of him on the wall identifies him as a combatant for one of the fighting factions in an ongoing war. The sounds of gunfire, of tanks near-by smashing house walls and of men shouting -far or close by - regularly break into the room's silence where the woman is also deep in thought and prayer. The woman goes about her nursing routines, leaves the room to speak to her young daughters somewhere down the passage, comes back, refreshes the feeding tube, washes her husband's motionless body and, settling back beside him, continues counting her prayer beads while reciting one of the ninety-nine names of God. If it were not for his quiet regular breathing, one would think the man had died already...

In a language that is at the same time simple, spare and compressed, yet often poetic, Rahimi evokes the atmosphere in the room that is both calm and serene and, nonetheless, held in suspense by tensions lingering below the surface. As readers we feel like intimate observers of a domestic tragedy, yet at the same time, through the special lens that the room provides we can perceive the desolation and brutality of the outside world. Slowly, in sensitively conveyed step, the reader learns to understand the hard life of the woman, her family and background and also the intricacies of a society torn apart by tradition and power struggles. The woman opens her heart, expressing her deepest held thoughts to her man who cannot answer but might well hear her.
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