Book Review: My forbidden face: growing up under the Taliban, a young woman’s story

She could be the girl on the National Geographic cover. Before the Taliban takeover, Latifa‘s life revolved around school, friends, parties, and movies. Suddenly, she was confined to her apartment, unable to venture out uncovered by the hated burka. She and her family were spared the horrific fates of some of Kabul’s residents but, in the end, lost nearly everything but their lives. With her exotic voice and exquisite diction, Brychta is Latifa. You won’t doubt for a moment her fear, boredom, shock, or sorrow. What comes through most clearly is her indignation at the treatment of women and the fact that most of the world ignored it. Her relief at escape to Pakistan, and a single drink of fresh water, is palpable. She is safe now, in Paris, but her story, like the eyes of the cover girl, will haunt you.

My review:

A thought-provoking memoir. A difficult life that Latifa and her family must endured under the Taliban rules. The Taliban who imposed such rigid rules, who did not value life at all. They used religion amunation to surpresed people for their own importance. They are gone now and hope the new government will make Afghanistan a prosperous country. Where freedom thrives. The translations was  good, I am very impressed.


Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.

For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class” lessons in how to live.

My Review:

Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world.  Beautifully written throughout. A book dedicated to the late professor, who the author loved, respected and admired.

In fact, this book has profoundly affected me.  There are several quotes from the late Morrie worth mentioning.

Morrie’s philosophies about living with death’s shadow:

“Accept what you are able to do and what you are able not to do”

“Accept the past as past, without denying it or discarding it”

“Learn too forgive yourself and to forgive others”

Don’t assume that it’s too late to get involved”

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. they seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because the are chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning”

“Be compassionate, and take responsibility for each other. If we only learned those lessons, this world would be so much better a place”

From all the books, I read last year so far, this book by far surpassed others.

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl


My review:

A fascinating book! What a courages girl that she was. She wrote everything she saw around her while in hiding. Some humor, politic and personalities of the people in hiding.  Fear of being caught at any time, must be overwhelmed them. I don’t know how they could survive two years in that small space.  I truly enjoyed reading this book. 

About the book: 

Cut of  from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

Night, by Elie Wiesel

My review,

This was the hardest book I ever read.  Despair, despondent, fear, hopelessness shown on those people faces. What a harrowing journey all of them had to endure. The saddest part was, the author had to witness his father demise. Anyone who want to know about holocaust should read this book.


Book Review

Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Weisel, Elie’s wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author’s original intent. And in the substantive new preface, Elie Wiesel reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man capacity for inhumanity to man.

Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.

An Italian Affair, by Laura Fraiser


About the book:

“When Laura Fraser’s husband leaves her for his high school sweetheart, she takes off, on impulse, for Italy, hoping to leave some of her sadness behind. There, on the island of Ischia, she meets M., an aesthetics professor from Paris with an oversized love of life. What they both assume will be a casual vacation tryst turns into a passionate, transatlantic love affair, as they rendezvous in London, Marrakech, Milan, the Aeolian Islands, and San Francisco. Each encounter is a delirious immersion into the place (sumptuous food and wine, dazzling scenery, lush gardens, and vibrant streetscapes) and into each other, And with each experience, Laura brings home not only a lasting sense of pleasure, but a more fully recovered sense of her emotional and sexual self. Written with an observant eye, an open mind, and a delightful sense of humor, An Italian Affair has the irresistible honestly of a story told from and about the heart.”

My review:

I don’t know what to make of this travel memoir. It was an enjoyable read on all the places she went. Then, meeting all those interesting people, which of course she had no difficulty. The problem, I have with her is the off and on affair with a married man. Yes, the French professor admitted to her, that, his marriage life is not a happy one. Still, in my opinion bed hopping with this professor is absolutely wrong. I wish she would calm down in searching for that elusive man of her dream. I must say, all the places she went and the food she ate are tantalizing. I sure wish, I could just board a plane heading somewhere on a whim just like her.  Read just for the fun of it.