Afghanistan Stories One

Rated 5.00/5 based on 5 reviews
You read the news of endless war and comments by people who have visited briefly, yet there also exists another Afghanistan. Here you can read of this different side, of real people and events from before the decades of war to updates of the present. The stories range from the everyday to the unusual with glimpses of the rich diverse cultural bases that have made up the Afghan world. More

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Review by: Allan Chinen on April 12, 2012 :
The author writes from his experience working in Afghanistan many years ago, but his stories are really timeless. They unveil a hidden spiritual world with important lessons for us today. With a keen intuition, Hart knew whom to seek, and where to be for his extraordinary encounters. His book reveals Afghanistan to be a geode -- an ordinary looking, even battered and ugly stone, which conceals wondrous crystals within.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Review by: John Mulcahy on March 16, 2012 :
These rewarding stories are informative, personal, and poignant. And they are made more poignant yet, given the hellish experience of the Afghanis since Hart's time there.
One comes to relish the accounts of daily interactions described by Hart. The special brand of Afghani friendship, oft remarked upon but seldom well explained, comes through in these engaging vignettes. Those longing for a glimpse of Afghanis before the great affliction will be delighted to find them here.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Victor Fresolone on Feb. 21, 2012 :
From the moment I started reading Afghanistan Stories, I was immediately captivated. Over the years I have read and watched tv reports about Afghanistan; however, it was not until I read this book did I truly get a better understanding and appreciation of its people, customs and history. I also found it fascinating that the author lived the Afghan life and traveled to many of the remote areas of the country. I never knew places like this existed on earth, and it was fascinating to relive the author’s experiences as he told his story. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has any sense of adventure and especially for those who appreciate history.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
Review by: Juris Zagarins on Jan. 30, 2012 :
I am with the preceding reviewer in marvelling at the ability of the author to keep "so much alive in his mind". The author's involvement with Afghanistan has clearly been a major experience of his lifetime. Indeed, these stories should be read by everyone who is in the least bit interested in America's involvement in Afghanistan, to the extent that one would hope there is any sensitivity involved in that involvement!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: zorah on Jan. 15, 2012 :
Having been in Afghanistan at the same time as the author, it was wonderful to read stories that talked about the wonderful, warm people I knew, untainted by the decades of war that happened since. The stories evoked memories of people and places, and of a people who deserve so much better than they have received from the world. I am not sure how the author was able to keep so much alive in his mind--must be a great note taker--the stories were full of life and joy and should be read by anyone who is interested in this part of the world.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
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