The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

Book - 2013
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Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. The second, a doctor, goes to check in at his hospital. His troubled wife does not join the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. And the youngest, the idealist, leaves for town on a motorbike. Seated behind him is a beautiful, fragile girl whose life and thoughts are overwhelmed by the war that has enveloped the place of her birth. Three hours later their day will end in devastating circumstances.
Publisher: London, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Books,, 2013
Description: 230 pages ; 22 cm
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780670922987
Branch Call Number: Bhut


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Aug 06, 2018

This is a very confused book set in northern tribal Pakistan during the American invasion of Afghanistan. It is never very clear what exactly the characters are fighting for or against nor why terrorism is seen as a legitimate means to their ends.

Dec 10, 2015

Very well written. Creates a fascinating and understandable insight into a family's culture so far removed from our own safe environment. Members of the same family have different points of view and seek solutions in often opposing ways.
I thoroughly recommend reading this book.

Jun 16, 2015

The bar is very high for books set in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and this one doesn't make it. Still, the author bears watching, as she seems to have potential.

athompson10 May 17, 2015

Quite beautifully written but I didn't like the inconclusive ending.

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