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The Honey Thief [Hardcover]

Najaf Mazari , Robert Hillman
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  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books (18 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670026484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670026487
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,218,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Book 21 May 2013
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Written by Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman. Najaf provided the stories from his homeland. Its a beautiful book full of human wisdom, cruelty and ultimately courage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting collection of folk lore stories from Afghanistan 20 April 2013
By Debbie - Published on
"The Honey Thief" is a collection of folk lore stories. Some of these short stories are historical tales, others are more moral tales, but all are set in Afghanistan and come from the viewpoint of the Hazara--a minority tribe in Afghanistan. These stories give insight into the mindset and customs of these people along with a history lesson about what they've lived through. May of the stories have a rural setting and give insight into daily rural living throughout their history.

The storyteller, Najaf, understood that Westerners come from a different mindset and explained the differences with gentle humor. I found the tales interesting because they offered a look into a different culture. The recipes at the end are worth reading even if you don't cook. They give insight to the culture and some of the directions were quite funny as you'd never find them in American cookbooks: "...leave them alone for maybe half an hour. Read a book, a good one....a peaceful book" (from page 276).

Overall, I'd highly recommend this book to those who like folk lore and are interested in other cultures.

I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great collection 1 May 2013
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
The Honey Thief
Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman
Viking, Apr 18 2013, $26.95
ISBN: 9780670026487

This thirteen interrelated story collection provides readers with a strong discerning glimpse into the Hazara people though the oral tales handed down through generations for centuries in their part of Afghanistan. The opening tale "Hazara" provides background into a minority people living in a landlocked nation who believe the "tribe is a world." In the title story young Abbas stole honey hives before becoming a hive-keeper apprentice. "The Life of Abdul Khaliq" revolves around his assassinating a murderous king; followed by "The Death of Abdul Khaliq" when the dead monarch's son becomes ruler and has the assassin and his extended family and friends hung. "The Cookbook of the Master Poisoner Ghoroob-e-astab of Mashad" is filled with poisonous treats that diners including royals would die for. During the Soviet occupation, Hazara leader Abdul Ali Mazari sends Abbas the beekeeper on a mission of forgiveness; his traveling companions die during an air assault yet he saves the life of "The Russian" enemy combatant. This is a great look at the resiliency of the Hazara people though a rich story-telling tradition.

Harriet Klausner
5.0 out of 5 stars enlightening 27 Jun 2014
By G. Maloney - Published on
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Makes you want the world to stop wars. Loved the stories showing gentleness, kindness still existing in a cruel, greedy world. The integration of history, heritage, cultural beliefs, religion and importance of food woven into the stories left me wanting a different world than what currently exists.
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical Stories 20 May 2014
By Sara Hall - Published on
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A very enjoyable series of short stories all set in Afghanistan. The stories give insight into Afghani culture but stand on their own as great stories.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just one of those "rare treats" 7 Feb 2014
By B. Clark - Published on
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I bought this book for a Lamb Korma recipe which a friend told me was included in the text. I made the Korma, and it is uniquely rich, genuinely prepared, and delicious.

I read the book and fell in love with it. This is a modern-day weaving together of classic Afghan stories along with heartbreakingly sad tales of the state of life in a war ravaged nation. It will make you laugh, cry, get hungry (he talks a LOT about the simple-yet-sumptuous cuisine of his people, and includes recipes for the dishes), and he will make you cheer for the triumph of the human spirit in the face of inhuman adversity.
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