Tuesday, 24 January 2012

"This book should go down in the annuls of war memoirs."

The Interpreter

5.0 out of 5 stars, Insight and understanding, 24 Dec 2011

This is the story of an Afghan national working as an interpreter for the US army. His job takes him into danger and under fire from the Taliban.
Although this is not autobiographical the author has had experience in this field.

If anyone questions the reason for NATO being in Afghanistan point them in the direction of this book. Written like a journal detailing the day to day life in Sangin the reader is given an insight into the real people of the country; their love of family; their struggle for a decent life, for medical treatment and an education for their children. It's not much to ask for, is it? Yet the Taliban think the people should live in poverty and ignorance with no medical facilities and no schools. They destroy everything that the forces build for the people and force the innocent villagers to provide food for them.

The fact that the English isn't perfect only adds to the authenticity of the writer's words. This book should go down in the annuls of war memoirs. A must read to aid understanding of a different culture. Well done, Shah.

Pauline Edwards

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