Disclosure: Author Omar Farhad provided a PDF version of the book to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
I have always wanted to learn more about different cultures, religion and there impacted controversies between different cultures and countries or within their own countries throughout the years. Omar takes you on a very vivid and surreal story that will leave you in a better understanding of what life is like in Afghanistan. A more of a behind the scenes look into what is happening. In our Westernized world we only see a glimpse of what goes on either on CNN, ABC, CTV etc , and most (more like all) of the time is always the worst things that we see. So it is refreshing to read from another’s perspective.
I am really excited about this next part. It is in the works to be on film, and I hope that it makes its way over to Canada because I would most definitely go to see it. The producer and screen writers are working on it now and it should be completed within the next 18-24 months, so stay tuned I will be updating this post as it moves forward.
From Amazon :
A heartbreaking and timely novel by Afghan-American author follows one man’s journey from New York to the clutches of the Taliban and into an unintentional polygamist union. “He is picking up the same bags with the same clothes Lisa packed and folded a year ago. He wishes he were like his clothes, untouched by external forces.”
Family man Nick Blake is living in New York City and working for the United Nations. Born and raised in the United States with broad knowledge of the Afghan culture, he is living the All-American life with his wife, Lisa, and their children. His life is turned upside down when, while on a diplomatic mission to Afghanistan, Nick is kidnapped and finds himself in the clutches of the Taliban.
Omar Farhad’s debut novel Honor and Polygamy follows Nick throughout his eighteen months in Afghanistan and the devastating and unexpected turns his life takes, as he learns the true meanings of home, history and culture. After being held captive for several months, Nick is forced to marry the sixteen-year-old Shaista. Although he cannot forget his beloved wife and children back home, he finds himself falling in love with his second wife and, overwhelmed with guilt, is torn between his old life and his new one. Honor and Polygamy is far from simply a captivating fiction story, but is also a brilliant commentary on the United States’ situation with Afghanistan. Farhad expresses his views on both the political and the cultural sides of Afghanistan.
Politically, he is predicting how he feels the war will ultimately end, while culturally, he shows readers not familiar with Afghanistan that the 35-year-old war has created a population, which is uneducated, disloyal, and without identity. The United States and many other nations have continuously disrupted Afghanistan with no clear political objectives, and, in his novel, Farhad explores the consequences of these actions. The story of Nick Blake represents the reality of the Afghan culture and the results and disappointments of the political realities in Afghanistan, and shows readers just how unaware we all are of other cultures. Written by an author who has lived both the American and Afghan ways of life, Honor and Polygamy is a harrowing, haunting and deeply moving tale for our times.
About the Author
Omar immigrated to the United States in 1987 and currently lives in California. He was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. He holds an associate’s degree in aviation and a Bachelor of Science in Global Economics, both from US universities.
This is Omar’s first novel, the first thing that came to his mind was that he felt very strongly to write. Largely it was in part for lack of understanding of those invited to Afghanistan without doing their homework, research or only had the understanding of what they see across their television screen.
It only took 20 days to write the book initially but almost 3 years of revisions and editing to get it where it is today for all of you to enjoy.
Omar has also been asked by the producer to write a sequel. Currently, he is struggling to find time to write. So far, he started three books but they are not even close to be finished any time soon. I am hoping that he is able to sit down and work on a few of the other books he has on the go. I would be the first in line to purchase them.
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