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If you could sum up Farishta in three words, what would they be?
Illuminating, interesting, moving
What other book might you compare Farishta to and why?
I would compare Farishta to memoirs of war because it reads like a memoir sometimes, but also with books with good accounts of a real, reasonable and human female characters.
Which scene was your favorite?
My favourite scene was when Angela has the idea for the solar ovens and knows how life improving this simple idea can be.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
It's particularly moving the time she visits a female prison to learn if the female inmates are being mistreated. They are there for "marital crimes" and although there is not immediate mistreatment of them, they are being severely wronged by a male-dominated system and are completed powerless and silenced.
Any additional comments?
I really enjoyed this book, not knowing exactly what kind of story it would tell. It’s a semi-autobiographical novel about a fictitious Angela Morgan, a forty-seven year old American diplomat whose personal life is basically inexistent and her experiences in a PTR camp (Provincial Reconstruction Team) in Afghanistan in the year 2005. In this year, the war was being fought most to the south, in Iraq, so she does not experience a lot of war, but it’s there, in the background, with all its hazards, and sometimes it just pops up. The main character is a levelheaded female struggling with some personal issues but she is a reasonable, good humored and likeable person, and it’s interesting to see how she goes on in her year in Afghanistan, especially with trying to overcome her fears and reaching for other people. The most interesting part, for me, was the setting, the cultural, historical and geographical descriptions of life in Afghanistan, and the innumerous obstacles – political, economical and cultural – for the reconstruction of a country devastated by so many wars, internal and external. Since the author is a American diplomat who was posted in northern Afghanistan for a year, her account of life there, in the camp and in the streets or places she frequented, is really vivid and it conveyed the difficulties and perplexities this place presents to its own people and to foreign forces. I particularly liked how she was capable to see the plight of women and children in the day-to-day life (who are basically non-existent entities to military or reconstruction teams) and tried to help in a simple but fruitful way (I read later that this is part of the author real experience there and I was glad she is still working to improve conditions of the Afghan people with a great insight). The narrative is also fast and fluid and helps to get you in the setting of the novel.
I was given a copy of the audio book to review and I would recommend it to everyone, since it was an agreeable surprise to me (I don’t think I would have known of this book otherwise, and now I am happy I had the chance). The narration is outstanding with an excellent range of voice and tone, improving the listener experience.
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What does Elizabeth Klett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Elizabeth does an excellent job with the characters. Her ability to pull you into the story with her voice and portrayal of the characters makes this a great listen.
Any additional comments?
Although this story has a hero and heartwarming romance, it also has a heart breaking situation and background. I definitely felt for Farishta and cheered her on as she navigated through misfortune. Good read, interesting characters and an interesting insight into the human spirit.
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