Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra

(about wearing the burqa)
Don't ask me to give up my name, my features, the color of my eyes, and the shape of my lips so I can take a walk through squalor and desolation. Don't ask me to become something less than a shadow, an anonymous thing rustling around in a hostile place. -- page 78

"I won't let them kill you."
"We've already been killed, all of us. It happened so long ago, we've forgotten it." -- page 164

Not as good as Khaled Hosseini's writings set in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, but not bad.

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