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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Other Press; 1st edition (Jan. 19 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590513444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590513446
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 17.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stella Iliopoulos on 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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By Anakina on July 9 2014
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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By ginger on March 19 2014
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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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