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Storyteller's Daughter af Saira Shah
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Storyteller's Daughter (udgave 2003)

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"Saira Shah grew up in Britain, but she was always told she came from somewhere else: a fairytale land of orchards and gardens, a place where even the water had magical qualities." "The country was Afghanistan, the storyteller her father, and the tales were embellished with every telling." "Then, at the age of twenty-one - with her father's tales as her guide - Saira set out to find the truth about her family's homeland." "Instead of finding a paradise, she was plunged into a country at war. It was the beginning of a journey spanning more than fifteen years. Whether extricating herself from an arranged marriage, walking through minefields with the mujahidin, or slipping clandestinely into the Taliban's Kabul, Saira learnt the bitter limits of the stories she loved. But, in the process, she discovered the reality of a country more complex and challenging than anything she could have imagined." "This book tells of a woman's search for identity in her disintegrating homeland, and of the power of a myth."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (mere)
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Titel:Storyteller's Daughter
Forfattere:Saira Shah (Forfatter)
Info:Knopf (2003), Edition: First Edition, 272 pages
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The Storyteller's Daughter: One Woman's Return to Her Lost Homeland af Saira Shah

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this wasn't nearly as engaging as i thought it would be, but there are definitely strong elements. the beginning and the ending, in particular, are good, and there are parts that are just poetry. ("At this altitude, we are close to the stars. I bow my head, for fear of grazing them.")

i don't feel like the non-linear way the story is told benefits it at all. there didn't seem to be much reason at all to jump back and forth in time and i was looking for more consistency in the telling. there is great value, though, in the inner journey the author takes in her attempt to discover herself and her roots. reading about this, while powerful, was just less than i was hoping for. (and many of the things she does in the interests of journalism are kind of awful, and it felt exploitative to even read about them.)

"I am so often treated better than I deserve without complaining, why should I always protest when I am treated worse?" - aphorism of Sayed Muhammad Khan

"When you meddle with the foundations of society, the whole structure tumbles down. The women were the bricks at the bottom of the pile. No wonder the city [Kabul] is just a pile of rubble."

"Since new capacities come about through necessity
Therefore, O man, increase your necessity." - Rumi ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Sep 23, 2014 |
An interesting book. The author is a reporter, of Afghani/Scottish descent, and was raised in the UK. An early desire of hers was to return to the land that her father had told stories about, his homeland of Afghanistan. The book covers several trips, some quite harrowing, she took over the years, reporting on the events in Afghanistan. The most poignant pieces for me were seeing how the stories and myths she had been told were revealed in the cold light of day, by the brutalities of war, and seeing how her perceptions (and those of the people) of the Mujahideen shifted.

The audio version was narrated by the author herself. ( )
  bookczuk | Aug 6, 2013 |
Non imperdibile, ma sicuramente interessante: si iscrive bene nella collezione di storie per conoscere il mondo. In questo caso un Afghanistan montano e semiselvaggio con affondi nel lessico famigliare. Forse ognuno che scrive ha nel suo bagaglio qualcuno che raccontava e, raccontando, inoculava il gusto delle storie.
  patri50 | Aug 1, 2012 |
"Trust in God but tie your camel." ( )
  mpho3 | Apr 13, 2012 |
This book was very readable and beginning was very interesting. While the book slowed in the middle, it began to pick up pace again near the end, especially with the rise of the Taliban. It just did not hold my attention like I thought it would. ( )
  weejane | Jan 11, 2011 |
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''The Storyteller's Daughter'' can most accurately be described as a memoir, but while it considers Shah's upbringing in a distinguished expatriate Afghan family, it also explores the potency of Afghan mythology and how, on repeated visits over a number of years (from the era of Soviet domination to that of the Taliban), she came to distinguish the myths from the reality of that spectacular but now ravaged land. Brilliant and moving, hers is a book that can make uncomfortable reading for Westerners whose countries have periodically dabbled in the region, but only when it has suited them and for their own benefit.
 
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"Saira Shah grew up in Britain, but she was always told she came from somewhere else: a fairytale land of orchards and gardens, a place where even the water had magical qualities." "The country was Afghanistan, the storyteller her father, and the tales were embellished with every telling." "Then, at the age of twenty-one - with her father's tales as her guide - Saira set out to find the truth about her family's homeland." "Instead of finding a paradise, she was plunged into a country at war. It was the beginning of a journey spanning more than fifteen years. Whether extricating herself from an arranged marriage, walking through minefields with the mujahidin, or slipping clandestinely into the Taliban's Kabul, Saira learnt the bitter limits of the stories she loved. But, in the process, she discovered the reality of a country more complex and challenging than anything she could have imagined." "This book tells of a woman's search for identity in her disintegrating homeland, and of the power of a myth."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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