Title: Swallows of Kabul
Author: Yasmina Khadra
Release Date: May 5th, 2005
Length: 195 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction, Contemporary
Swallows of Kabul is a book that shows us a city turned into dirt and ruins because of all of the continuous war. Even the people themselves have become just as ugly as the city, which once was filled with music and happiness. Children excitedly following poor stray dogs to kill them, their innocence gone. People fighting to be the first to throw stones on a woman being executed in front of them. It made me want to throw the book out the window; so much injustice, so much sadness, so much cruelty. The way the war had affected their minds in a way it could not be undone was heartbreaking.
The book is written in a very simple language and it is easy to understand. Although if someone would like to read books with this theme, I’d recommend A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner, both by Khaled Hosseini.