#6 — The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan

The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker
Rating: 3/5
  • The stories echo the experiences described in other books about Afghanistan, although it tried to blend two genres of writing– the memoir and non-academic non-fiction, with mixed results
  • I’ve read books in both genres about Afghanistan/Iraq that were great: Lone Survivor (memoir) and The Looming Tower (accessible non-fiction).
  • This book is closest to The Forever Wars, it just has more stories about the author’s love life, which I found distracting and annoying at times. Also, her ignorance about the culture was supposed to be endearing, but I was embarrassed for her because it wasn’t cute. However, her stories about being fondled by strange men is spot on