One Half From the East

One Half From the East

Book - 2016
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In modern-day Afghanistan, 10-year-old Obayda is a bacha posh, a girl dressed as a boy. She has more freedom than she would as a girl, and makes a good friend of another bacha posh, but must find a way to remain free when she returns to life as a girl.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2016
ISBN: 9780062572196
Branch Call Number: J HASHIMI
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 21 cm


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Sep 13, 2017

How fascinating! This book is at surface a really interesting study of a cultural practice that takes place in Afghanistan, but while the descriptive passages give us a good picture of the life and thoughts of a ten year old girl, there is a deeper layer in place that provokes thoughts of what gender means and how easily perception can be changed by appearance. The plight of girls and women in Afghanistan is not exclusive to that country, and the plot of this story brings a chance to examine what women's rights mean to all of us.

Jul 17, 2017

This is an excellent story about the lives of young girls in the Middle East - in this case, Afghanistan. It tells about the tradition of bacha posh - a young girl who lives as a boy - free to run, climb trees, play sports - all forbidden to girls. They are imprisoned in a male-dominated culture that punishes any behavior deemed illegal by these misogynistic men on the part of girls or women. It is followed by the wonderful book "The Pearl That Broke Its Shell".


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