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The World Is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village (udgave 2014)

af Anna Badkhen

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"An unforgettable portrait of a place and a people shaped by centuries of art, trade, and war. In the middle of the salt-frosted Afghan desert, in a village so remote that Google can't find it, a woman squats on top of a loom, making flowers bloom in the thousand threads she knots by hand. Here, where heroin is cheaper than rice, every day is a fast day. B-52s pass overhead--a sign of America's omnipotence or its vulnerability, the villagers are unsure. They know, though, that the earth is flat--like a carpet. Anna Badkhen first traveled to this country in 2001, as a war correspondent. She has returned many times since, drawn by a land that geography has made a perpetual battleground, and by a people who sustain an exquisite tradition there. Through the four seasons in which a new carpet is woven by the women and children of Oqa, she immortalizes their way of life much as the carpet does--from the petal half-finished where a hungry infant needs care to the interruptions when the women trade sex jokes or go fill in for wedding musicians scared away by the Taliban. As Badkhen follows the carpet out into the world beyond, she leaves the reader with an indelible portrait of fates woven by centuries of art, war, and an ancient trade that ultimately binds the invaded to the invader"--… (mere)
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Titel:The World Is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village
Forfattere:Anna Badkhen
Info:Riverhead Books (2013), Hardcover, 271 pages
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This novel's world is a vocabulary lesson, with new words to describe snow, the Hindu Kush, the dust in the road, the mud, and the misery that is village life in Northern Afghanistan. The hand weaving of rugs by women is one of the few sources of livelihood in this incredibly harsh region. The four seasons are a frigid winter, brutally hot summer, Ramadan, and wedding time. The reader does not know why the author has come to the tiny village of Oqa, not on any maps, but she has to be admired for sharing the privations as well as the renowned Afghan hospitality, in the far North hard by the Uzbekistan border. ( )
  froxgirl | Sep 6, 2015 |
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This book was truly a cultural masterpiece. The narration was enchanting and I felt carried away into the word of the author. The book paints a stunning portrayal of impoverished Afghan families and their present living conditions and emphasizes a serene beauty to the whole thing. I feel like I have learned so much more about the culture and craft of carpet weaving and its role in the lives of far-away women. ( )
  BillyShakes | Dec 26, 2013 |
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This book was a real disappointment and was not what I expected given the blurb on the cover or in the LTER listing. It was hard to get into the book, much less finish it. The author appeared to be focused on displaying her vast vocabulary (or, in some cases, seemed not to know how to use some of the words). I would not recommend the book unless you are determined to read anything about Afghanistan that happens to be out there...there are many other books out there that can fulfill your needs. It's too bad, since the premise as reflected in the title is a good one -- the author just did not deliver (at least not for this reader). ( )
  Jcambridge | Sep 8, 2013 |
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The World is a Carpet by Anna Badkhen is undoubtedly interesting but not the story I had expected. The blurb on the back cover lead me to believe it would follow a carpet through its development and through the lives of the women who worked on it but the story is mostly about the men of the community. The entire aspect of the carpet could have been left out and the story would have remained essentially the same.

I enjoyed the guided tour of an Afghan village and being introduced to its people. The customs and way of life are vastly different than most readers have ever known giving each page a little introduction into something new.

I have no doubt that Ms. Badkhen is a highly knowledgeable and educated woman but I felt her choice of wording was sometimes more elevated than necessary. Some sentences felt contrived, manufactured. It is hard to appeal to an average reader if he is challenged with the sentences on the first page. I think if the author toned down the excessive vocabulary this book would have been a smoother read that would appeal to a broader audience. ( )
  JessMcKenzie | Jun 28, 2013 |
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Well written story about Anna Badkhen's time living with an Afghan family and following a group of families out in the desert where a skilled woman spent her life climbing up onto her loom to knot threads into patterns taught to her. Anna talks about how women like her supply the world with beautiful carpets that begin their lives in small dusty huts getting coffee split on them, chicken dung, and children's dirty hands leaving there all leaving there markings. Fascinating story. My only problem was the type was fine, and the pages very white and at night I had a hard time seeing the words easily. ( )
  marilynsantiago | Jun 25, 2013 |
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"An unforgettable portrait of a place and a people shaped by centuries of art, trade, and war. In the middle of the salt-frosted Afghan desert, in a village so remote that Google can't find it, a woman squats on top of a loom, making flowers bloom in the thousand threads she knots by hand. Here, where heroin is cheaper than rice, every day is a fast day. B-52s pass overhead--a sign of America's omnipotence or its vulnerability, the villagers are unsure. They know, though, that the earth is flat--like a carpet. Anna Badkhen first traveled to this country in 2001, as a war correspondent. She has returned many times since, drawn by a land that geography has made a perpetual battleground, and by a people who sustain an exquisite tradition there. Through the four seasons in which a new carpet is woven by the women and children of Oqa, she immortalizes their way of life much as the carpet does--from the petal half-finished where a hungry infant needs care to the interruptions when the women trade sex jokes or go fill in for wedding musicians scared away by the Taliban. As Badkhen follows the carpet out into the world beyond, she leaves the reader with an indelible portrait of fates woven by centuries of art, war, and an ancient trade that ultimately binds the invaded to the invader"--

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