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Brilliant but heartbreaking
on 27 March 2018
This is a brilliantly written, engaging read, but it has to be one of the most monumentally depressing books I've ever read. The fact that it's based on real characters and real events makes it doubly depressing.
It's an interesting picture of one family living in Kabul shortly after the Taliban, and keeps the reader involved, but there isn't a shred of joy or hope in the entire book. Each of its characters (except perhaps the main character Sultan) is trapped - miserable and unfulfilled - in a life they neither wanted nor chose.