- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Flamingo; New Ed edition (7 July 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007142528
- ISBN-13: 978-0007142521
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Sewing Circles of Herat: My Afghan Years Paperback – 7 Jul 2003
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‘“The Sewing Circles of Herat” opens a window on to the deeply unromantic horrors of Taliban-led Afghanistan and, less troubling for the squeamish, tells the remarkable stories of those who dared to defy that particularly vile regime…Lamb writes with pace, conviction and honesty, uncovering both the terrible human cost of the Taliban experiment and the enduring strength of spirit of those who refused to join it.’ Justin Marozzi, Sunday Telegraph
‘Award-winning foreign correspondent Christina Lamb has written an inspiring and moving account of Afghanistan’s plight…Lamb shows that, despite attempts to destroy the country and its culture, its soul remains uncrushed.’ Marianne Brace, Independent on Sunday
‘A lucid, intimate, haunting book, which sings the song of Lamb’s love – and the tragic plight of a defiant and divided nation.’ Sunday Times
From the Publisher
Long haunted by her experiences in Afghanistan, Lamb returned there after the attack on the World Trade Centre to find out what had become of the people and places that had marked her life as a young graduate.This time seeing the land through the eyes of a mother and experienced foreign correspondent, Lamb's journey brings her in touch with the people no one else is writing about: the abandoned victims of almost a quarter century of war.See all Product Description
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This book gives the reader a fascinating glimpse of life in the country that has been the subject of news stories for decades. You get to tag along as the writer recounts her visits, branching off into handy titbits of history or local politics to explain why the people act the way they do. Reading it is a roller-coaster ride as it calls up almost every emotion: sadness, despair, hope, compassion, even raising the occasional smile. I found the book enlightening, especially about the history and the differences between all the local tribes. It gave me a view of how that all fit together to form the present situation in Afghanistan.
Ms Lamb's writing style is easy to read and combined with the subject matter it makes for a cracking great read. I don't think you even need to have any specific knowledge of or interest in Afghanistan to choose it.
Lamb does not tell an entertaining tale. She reports her own fascinating experience, and she reports it well. She gives the reader the details. She shares her deep love for a people, culture and county, and through her writing she allows the reader to share some of the sadness and joy with her. Above all the reader learns, of history, heroism, bravery, and caring. Lamb helps the reader see the landscape of Afghanistan in years past and now. And the reader, through Lamb, mourns the loss of what was Afghanistan, and hopes for what its people might have in the future.
Christina clearly loves the country and its people and is very knowledgeable about historical factors that have lead to the current situation in Afghanistan. But most of all the book brings the people behind the beards to life. The personal suffering and real horror of the past 27 years is played out of every page but set in the backdrop of thousands of years of history and culture and written so well that it is hard not to turn the next page.
This is a must read book and the best I have read this year.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read about half of this book but gave up, which is very rare for me. didn't like the violence. Not a good read for me, but others might like it.Published 10 months ago by Ros D
This is a very detailed but readable account of life in Aghanistan during the Taliban domination of large parts of the country as well as giving an earlier background history of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by S. Max
Christina Lamb writes true, fascinating stories. She is a credit to her profession & I look forward to reading more of her workPublished 19 months ago by KsP
The sewing circle of herat
I’ve finished reading the memoir of Afghanistan, written by Christina Lamb. It’s all about the recent history and politics of Afghanistan. Read more
A fascinating study of a region not known to me. I did find it difficult to remember all the strange sounding names and had to return to previous pages to remind myself who they... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ferry Maid
yet again a super read by this author who has lead such an interesting lifePublished on 21 Sept. 2014 by chris
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