- Also check our best rated Travel Book reviews
The Sewing Circles of Herat: My Afghan Years Paperback – 7 Jul 2003
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
‘“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
A gold-inscribed invitation to a wedding in Pakistan led Christina Lamb to leave suburban England for Peshawar - a town perched on the frontier of the Afghan war - at the age of just 21. Captivated by the Afghans she met, for two years she tracked the final stages of the mujaheddin victory over the Soviets as Afghan friends smuggled her in and out of their country in a variety of guises - from burqa-clad wife to Kandahari boy - travelling by foot, on donkeys, or hidden under the floor of an ambulance. Long haunted by her experiences in Afghanistan, Lamb returned there after the 2001 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.Among them are the brave women writers of Herat who carried on the literary tradition of this ancient Persian city under the guise of sewing circles; those persecuted by the Taliban such as Kabul's leading kite-maker, imprisoned for making the colourful paper kites that fly from the rooftops of the city; and Khalil Ahmed Hassani, a former Taliban torturer who admits to breaking the spines of men, then making them stand on their heads. This text is a poignant memoir of her love affair with the country and its people. See all Product description
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Read reviews that mention
Showing 1-8 of 36 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
In dealing with Afghanistan in the immediate aftermath of the Taliban, Christina Lamb sets the historical context for the rise of the Taliban in the multi-racial and sectarian state of Afghanistan. She does not drown us in history, that's not what this book is about, but she explains the origins of the old divisions in the state, the monarchy and its overthrow and the Soviet occupation.
Much of the book focuses on the personal stories of people's lives under the Taliban. How those uneducated village mullahs destroyed the culture and artifacts of Afghanistan and introduced public mutilations, stonings and executions as the only form of public entertainment in the country. We have heard how these things have gone on but to read the personal stories behind them makes it even more horrific.
The most chilling chapter for me came near the end of the book when she interviewed General Hamid Gul the former head of the Pakistani Intelligence Agency, the godfather of the Taliban. Her brief account of that conversation in the civilised surroundings of Islamabad leaves one with a feeling of meeting with evil personified.
This is worth a read.. fascinating look into everyday Afghanistan.. It makes me want to see the place, yearn for it to be restored to its former glory and lament at not having seen it as it was... The people have suffered so much yet desire to learn learn learn... it's a terribly sad situation which unfortunately makes for a fascinating read...
One to add to your wishlist ...
I think I need to re-read it in parallel with The Kite Runner which is also a wonderful insight into Afghanistan.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?