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I'VE COME ACROSS POOR EDITING AND GRAMMAR BEFORE BUT THE OFFENSIVE IGNORANCE IS A MUCH UNWELCOME FIRST
on 18 December 2015
Far too long and drawn out...really really stretched and boring. Basics in spelling/grammar such as the wrong there/their/they're, you're/your etc irritated me throughout. Didn't believe or warm to the main characters' relationship at all.
The worst part for me though was the conversation held between 2 of the characters' who are meant to have spent time serving in Afghanistan:
"There are no jobs there. At least not like we know jobs."
"Yeah in Afghanistan a man's got two ways to support his family: join the opium trade or join the army. That's it. Those are your options."
"Or live in one of those Godforsaken camps."
"Good God. those places stink. Tent cities of the walking dead. ...The smell alone of those shit-holes is enough to send them running into the poppy field and happily scrape bulbs for 18 hours a day, and who can blame them. It is modern day tribal warfare. These guys, all of 'em, they live to fight... It's what they do. It's all they do. Roaming packs of barbaric savages. Cavemen with AK-47'S."
"all of 'em"...So basically all 32 million of the population are barbaric savages, cavemen who walk round with guns, fight and work in the poppy fields. Oh right!
They then go on a big rant about the Taliban which I don't want or need to hear about in a book of this genre.
They then tell "jokes" to "lighten the mood", one of which was about the people of a completely different country, Pakistan, who appear to be under the same umbrella as "all of 'em" in Afghanistan in the author's obviously enlightened mind!
"I was so depressed last night I called the Suicide Lifeline. I got a call center in Pakistan, and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited and asked if I could drive a truck."
Extremely poor taste and offensive...quite sickening really to be honest. Stereotyping/prejudice and ignorance expressed in a book, thinly veiled in "humour"...not funny at all and I know definitely not representative of the voice of most people who did and are still doing their job to help, not belittle and ridicule the people in these unimaginably poor and war torn countries. We don't choose where we're born and ignorance like this only fuels needless prejudice and hatred.
I for one don't buy a book in this genre and expect to have to read such hostile bigotry.
Returned for a refund and would never again buy anything by this author who appears to be ignorant, as evidenced in her own work. Ignorance is not and never will be an excuse for prejudice.