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almost didn't read re: the bad reviews, but glad I did. If roles were reversed..feelings?
Reviewed in the United States on January 26, 2019
Yes, this was a tough read. If you care about women, it makes you want to cry out for them. Certainly not all women in all families are treated the same as in Sultan's family in Afghanistan. And I have Muslin friends here that would never dream of disrespecting each other in any way - they are the kindest, most gentle people I know. Why, then, the huge disparity? Is it that once you come from under the rule of the culture you begin to see things a little differently? Or are my friends the exception? It reads more like a novel than a non-fiction, and I agree with others that there was a degree of contempt felt when reading the author's descriptions. But how can you see women treated less than an animal with the men seeming to find joy in the maltreatment and not be affected? I wonder how much support for the way women are treated there would be if the roles were reversed. How readily would he accept the restrictions of the Burka, just for starters. I'm going to read much more on Muslim life in an effort to get a balanced picture. I don't know how much openness it's possible to find out there, but one of the reviewer's recommended a few - a couple of which I've read. I appreciate reviewers, especially negative reviewers, offering alternatives.