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The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan (2011. Auflage)

von Kim Barker

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A wisecracking foreign correspondent recounts her experiences in Afghanistan and Pakistan while sharing cautionary observations about the region in its first post-Taliban years and the responsibilities of the U.S. and NATO.
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Titel:The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Autoren:Kim Barker
Info:Doubleday (2011), Hardcover, 320 pages
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I'm not sure if the book would have been better if I had read it more quickly (nearly 5 months is a LONG read for me). As it was, I was often confused about what and when things were happening and would forget names and previous encounters with people. Still, it was interesting to get a first hand opinion of what is causing so much unrest in Afghanistan and Pakistan. ( )
  Sarah220 | Jan 23, 2021 |
every picture of her looks different. she writes with honesty. I am honest too but I don't tell everything. ( )
  mahallett | Jul 25, 2020 |
Funny, poignant and eye-opening. Kudos to Ms. Barker! ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 28, 2018 |
3.5 Stars - I found this book very interesting and I laughed out loud quite a few times but it is quite an information dump and it's hard to keep facts and people straight. I'm going to see Whiskey Tango Foxtrot tonight and I'm very interested to see how this book was adapted into a film. ( )
  xelaflores | Jul 8, 2017 |
I listened to the audiobook of Kim Barker's The Taliban Shuffle and thought that the tone and delivery were too flippant, making the narrative seem more superficial than it really is. Sometimes, I repeated sentences the way I’d have read them and that alone changed the meaning. But still, the book does come across as a bit on the light side. I did not mind the personal details and the sometimes flip attitude as much as some other reviewers here. I didn’t find it shallow, as many do. It’s black humor. Yes, Barker talks about what she wore and the men she was involved with and going out to clubs, etc. But this is somewhat a journal of personal survival, how Barker coped with a brutal and frightening reality.

The narrative is lively, humorous, and often witty. But I think she does also give us a look at the constantly threatening conditions, the violence, and the absurdities of living in Afghanistan and Pakistan — as a single, young woman, struggling to be taken seriously. We also come to understand how addictive the adrenaline rush of war and danger can be. Barker was a little in love with Afghanistan and thrived in this surreal situation, where war is a way of life, security is often nonexistent, power (and Internet) are often lacking, and you never know whom you can trust.

Barker doesn’t set out to tutor us about the difficult and complex politics, and I suspect that would be pretty hard for someone in her position to pull off. Foreign correspondents are not all experts before they arrive at their destination. (But I admit that I haven’t read other books in this genre.) She does give us a realistic picture of what a war correspondent really does on a day-to-day basis — something I’d never have thought about much. I basically liked it and would recommend it with caution. The tone will bother many readers.
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