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The Taliban Cricket Club Paperback – 1 Jul 2012
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A strange and alluring combination of cricket, the Taliban, and a lively, clever heroine makes this novel unputdownable. --New Books
An engaging read and a real page turner --Red
Sometimes a book comes along that makes you think it's going to cause quite a stir and could well be set to be one that everyone's talking about in a few month's time. That was my impression when I read The Taliban Cricket Club. --CuriousBookFans.co.uk
About the Author
Timeri Murari is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and playwright, who began his career as a journalist in Ontario, Canada. He writes for the Guardian, The Sunday Times, and other magazines and newspapers internationally. He has published both fiction and non-fiction, and his bestselling novel, TAJ, was translated into 19 languages and has recently been reissued by Penguin India. In 2006, he published a memoir, My Temporary Son, exploring the difficulties of adopting a desperately ill orphan. Timeri now lives with his wife in his ancestral home of Chennai, India.
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If you like cricket then this might appeal but in fact cricket is just a small part of the story. It is part love story, part family saga and part living under the Taliban all mixed together.
I liked the characters as they seem real and really make you feel you know them and feel their pains, worries,fears and joys.
Descriptions of the horrific executions and life in general made the story come to life so you felt you were part of the character's lives.
I would happily read anther one of this author's books
I couldn't help but bond with these characters. Having lived in the Middle East for 9 years now these stories will always touch my heart. A 5 star read.
The author's first book Taj was a big favourite on the strength of which I felt confident to buy this book! I would have done so at full price but the 99p Daily Deal purchase made it all the more treasured. I unreservedly recommend this book as a must for all who live in the modern world.
The book is all about the life a woman is expected to lead in Kabul - be subservient, cover up at all times and a man is your master! Rukhsana knows that there is more to life than this and there is a way to esape with her brother, cousins and friends. But first they have to win a cricket match in which she cannot be seen to be playing and it is dubious whether the Taliban wll keep their word and send them for training to Pakistan even if they win.
You feel for women in Afghanistan and at the end you believe that all is lost - then there is a twist!
Interesting and entertaining.
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