The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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A luminous and unforgettable tale of two women, destiny, and identity in Afghanistan Kabul, 2007: The Taliban rules the streets. With a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can rarely leave the house or attend school. Their only hope lies in the ancient Afghan custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a son until she is of marriageable age. As a boy, she has the kind of freedom that was previously unimaginable . . . freedom that will transform her forever. But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great-grandmother Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life in the same way'the change took her on a journey from the deprivation of life in a rural village to the opulence of a king's palace in the bustling metropolis of Kabul. Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell interweaves the stories of these two remarkable women who are separated by a century but share the same courage and dreams. What will happen once Rahima is old enough to marry' How long can Shekiba pass as a man' And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive'
Publisher: New York : Morrow, 2014
ISBN: 9780062244772
0062244779
Characteristics: c

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mlgraham65
Aug 02, 2017

This was a very good read, at times hard to read through, just because of what the women go through at the hands of some men in their lives. But the ending of Hashimi books always end positively maybe a little bittersweet but positive. Hard to imagine what the women in a totally different culture go through and how they are treated.

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aamcgrath
Jun 27, 2017

Though its story was sad, even devastating at points, it felt authentic and let us in to a world we don't often get to enter. I recommend this book!

AL_Molly Jun 23, 2017

This is one of those books that allowed me to step into and fully experience a life that would otherwise be inaccessible to me. It's well written, I found strong connections to the characters, and cannot wait to read more of Hashimi's work.

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wmtlady
Mar 13, 2017

This is a must-read book; women will naturally relate to the female issues but the revelations of culture and history are well done and the author is a gifted storyteller.

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HalimAhmed2
Feb 19, 2017

its not islam it is about people who use islam but dont know the consequence in here and after life.

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singasong70
Feb 03, 2017

If you want to know what Islam's about - read this book!
(You close your eyes, grit your teeth and become a war lords "wife" - at 13 mind you!
Sold by an opium addicted father who beats his wife and sells his daughters for drugs.)

ehbooklover Nov 16, 2016

4.5 stars. A beautifully written story that is both moving and disturbing with an ending that gave me chills. Two extremely strong female protagonists that I cared about, plus a complex and realistic supporting cast of characters, made for a read that kept me emotionally invested in the outcome the entire time. If you are a fan of Khaled Hosseini's books then I would highly recommend that you pick this one up.
UPDATE: Reread for November's bookclub meeting at the library. Loved it just as much as the first time.

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ritarufus
Oct 31, 2016

In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters.

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KeenaL
Jun 28, 2016

It was an amazing story of two women who changed their fate by pushing their boundaries and rebelling. It was interesting to learn from women's side of their culture. How all the women in the family treat each other and how respect is seen.

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honey1962
Mar 30, 2016

This book was very enlightening. In my opinion it is worth reading.

It goes to show you how lucky we are to live in a Democratic society. We live in a society that favours equal rights, freedom of speech, a fair trial and we try to listen to the views of minorities.

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zahra88 Nov 11, 2015

I was a bacha posh then I wasn't.
I was a daughter then I wasn't.
I was a mother then I wasn't...

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Invincible10
Oct 05, 2015

God said If you start moving then I may start blessing.

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Invincible10
Oct 05, 2015

Khala Shaima had so often said, "everybody needs an escape"

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kroubid
Sep 01, 2014

There is some kiss we want with our whole lives,
The touch of Spirit on the body.
seawater begs the pearl to break its shell.
And the lily, how passionately it needs some wild
Darling!
At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come
And press its face against mine. Breathe into me.

p. 325
Benafsha (part of a harem, had an affair, was stoned to death. Did not reveal her lover)

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zahra88 Nov 11, 2015

zahra88 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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