I enjoy reading, I always have, however sometimes I don’t always get a chance to read or even finish a book (Inferno…I’m thinking of you) but when I get to read it’s a treat. I’m hoping of reading more books over the summer but I wanted to share with you a book I just finished reading: The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul
This book caught my eye in Target, I think mainly because it had coffee in the title lol, but it’s a good read about 5 women, a warm-hearted read with a serious message about the treatment of women in modern day Afghanistan. I love that books can take you away from the place that you live. Make you feel like your actually in the place that your reading about experience the way of life where the book is set. This book does just this. It really made me feel like I was sitting in this little coffeehouse with a giant UN approved wall watching from the sidelines. The colors that the author describes are fantastic.
The author (Deborah Rodriguez) gives us an insight into the lure of a country like Afghanistan for foreigners, the harsh realities of life for Afghan women and the struggles of the older generation who can remember life before the Taliban. It was interesting seeing how the different women saw things and were treated. It was interesting to read about the culture and the harshness of how women are treated. The book did make me feel more grateful for the life I live and the freedom I have.
The Little Coffee House of Kabul is an easy read. It’s easy to follow each person in the book and their story. It’s nice to see how they all fit together. It’s not overly sexual, filled with violence or a thriller, however it does have a bit of it all in the book. I really liked how’d the author was able to tell each person’s story without the reader getting confused by who’s side of things you were looking through the eyes of. I also enjoyed the extra’s that came with the book. After the story was finished there is an interview with the author about her life in Kabul, reading group questions and recipes for food.
The interview was good to read as it explains her life in Kabul and why she had to leave. It also makes you click and go “that makes sense, that’s why the places are so vivid”. It does seem that she met some interesting people during her time in Kabul.
If you’re looking for a quick easy read that will take you to a far off land, give this book a go. I enjoyed it look forward to reading the sequel: return to the little coffee house in Kabul.
Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?
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