Apparently a best-seller at Waterstones. An easy read, written by somebody who's obviously not too used to writing, and I don't mean that in a negative way. The words and thoughts are simple, understanding, emotions any one can feel, the descriptions of what somebody saw and felt. Although a word of fiction it is easy to imagine the author must have lived similar experiences (plus she says so herself at the interview published at the end of the book ;) ). Whilst reading The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul I had the feeling Deborah Rodriguez needed to tell the world what he'd seen and lived in Kabul during her years there, and what better way for her to do so than create a series of fictional characters through whom we can experience life in the capital of Afghanistan? The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul gave me what I wanted: an opportunity to escape my every day life, enter other people's worlds and have "a little" something to think about. It is admirable that someone with no writing background had the courage to punt into paper "their" story in times when having your work published by a well-known publishing house is close to impossible....Continua
Easy enough to read and an interesting story. Portraits of 5 women and 5 men (though the female characters are really the centre) and how their lives intermingle and shared through a western run coffee shop in Kabul. Worth reading.
It's a interesting book, quite light nothing too heavy, suitable for reading before bed time. Five women in Kabul,different nationality, different generation and each has their own worries, some big, some small. Each holds different attitude towards life. The setting is exotic however the worries/sins/attitude express by the women is universal....Continua