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A Fort of Nine Towers

An Afghan Family Story

By Qais Akbar Omar

A Fort of Nine Towers
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  • Hardcover: Apr 2013,
    416 pages.
    Paperback: Apr 2014,
    416 pages.

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This memoir by an Afghan yields precious insights into coming of age during some of the most tumultuous events in the country's recent history

Qais Akbar Omar's memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers, is a chronicle of the author's childhood and teen years in war-torn Afghanistan. He grew up during an especially turbulent time in the country's history – witnessing the departure of the occupying USSR troops; the ensuing civil war that inflicted incredible hardship on the population as warlords from the Mujahideen sought to fill the power vacuum; the subsequent takeover by the Taliban; and finally the Taliban's ouster by the foreign coalition formed after 9/11. Age seven at the beginning of the narrative, Omar relays how these disparate forces affected his life and the lives of friends and family over the following two decades.

Omar's writing is somewhat choppy and simplistic, underscoring the fact that English isn't the author's native language: "Just as night fell, the electricity suddenly went out....

The author shares some pictures that are a best capture of the places mentioned in the book. They are worth checking out.

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