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The Broken Circle: A Memoir of Escaping Afghanistan (English Edition) eBook Kindle
An emotional and sweeping memoir of love and survival—and of a committed and desperate family uprooted and divided by the violent, changing landscape of Afghanistan in the early 1980s.
Before the Soviet invasion of 1980, Enjeela Ahmadi remembers her home—Kabul, Afghanistan—as peaceful, prosperous, and filled with people from all walks of life. But after her mother, unsettled by growing political unrest, leaves for medical treatment in India, the civil war intensifies, changing young Enjeela’s life forever. Amid the rumble of invading Soviet tanks, Enjeela and her family are thrust into chaos and fear when it becomes clear that her mother will not be coming home.
Thus begins an epic, reckless, and terrifying five-year journey of escape for Enjeela, her siblings, and their father to reconnect with her mother. In navigating the dangers ahead of them, and in looking back at the wilderness of her homeland, Enjeela discovers the spiritual and physical strength to find hope in the most desperate of circumstances.
A heart-stopping memoir of a girl shaken by the brutalities of war and empowered by the will to survive, The Broken Circle brilliantly illustrates that family is not defined by the borders of a country but by the bonds of the heart.
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Sobre o Autor
Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller was born in 1975 in Kabul, Afghanistan, and is now a citizen of the United States. She also lived in Pakistan and India and speaks several languages, including Farsi, English, Hindi, and Urdu.
An entrepreneur since the age of eighteen, she has owned several businesses: a restaurant (Angelo's Pizza in Los Angeles); a cosmetics line (Ahmadi, sold in spas and salons in LA); retail stores (Bella Bella, Friction, and Milan, all in Dallas); and a clothing line (Henry III Generation, sold in Neiman Marcus and boutiques throughout the US). In 2004 she married prominent Dallas real estate guru Henry S. Miller III, and in 2005 their son, Alexander, was born. A dynamic mother who strives to be as open and giving as possible, she maintains a creative, passionate, artistic, and spiritual outlook on life.--Este texto se refere à edição paperback.
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- ASIN : B07DK7FBDS
- Editora : Little A (1 março 2019)
- Idioma : Inglês
- Tamanho do arquivo : 6015 KB
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- Número de páginas : 250 páginas
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Brother, was I ever wrong. “The Broken Circle” is now my favorite memoir. Even more touching than was “Never Stop Walking,” or “Three Against the Wilderness.”
Try this on for size: If you loved Patrick Swayze in “Red Dawn,” or the primary story of “Sound of Music” with Julie Andrews, you will have a front row seat into Enjeela’s early childhood during the late 1970’s and 1980’s. At this point, just let her story creep into your subconscious…
The only way this story could have been better appreciated, by me, would be to have listened to her narrate it as an Audible Edition.
Now, on with my review…
BLUSH FACTOR: There is no reason to shy away from reading this to anybody you like. No profanities, wild sex or gratuitous violence. In fact, I would home everybody would form circles of friends and kin and take turns reading this aloud as an inspiration to us to do God’s will.
WRITING & EDITING: As with many memoirs, the early going can seem a trifle slow. However, the writing and editing are professional and the story unfolds in a manner to ensure maximum effect. Slow as the start was, it was sensitive enough that I found a tear or two trying to escape. Then, I came to page 68 and knew I loved this story and the dream, if it was a dream, Enjeela chose to share with the world. (See the excerpt below).
POV: First person.
‘…It was one of these freezing winter nights that I saw the man with the white horse.
He walked right out of Ahmad Shah’s closet toward me. He was an old man, a very old man, with a long white beard, and his clothes matched the brilliant white of his horse, who had a princely saddle, full mane, and a bushy tail. He stood tall and strong next to the man. At first I was certain they were ghosts. But we had been telling ghost stories all night long, so then I thought I must be asleep and it was a dream.
“I can see you,” I said to him.
The man stopped and stared down at me. He held the horse’s reins as if he were taking it out for a midnight ride to see what was left of the city.
“Are you awake?” he said, a lilt of surprise in his voice.
I told him I was. “Who are you?” I asked, suspecting already that I might know who he was.
“You can see me, little one?”
I sat up and nodded. He was as real to me as my sisters and brother sleeping beside me.
“You must be very special to see me. No one sees me.” He smiled at me and tugged on the reins of the horse. “I must go,” he said. “Go back to sleep before the others wake up.” His voice was warm and caring. None of the others even stirred.
Before he left the room, he turned to me. “Don’t tell anyone you’ve seen me.”
“I won’t.” I watched him disappear back into the darkness of the closet.
The next morning, I woke up slowly as I tried to make sense of my dream. It had to have been a dream, but it was so real, so alive. The bearded man in white had been so close to me, and I thought I could smell the musty odor of a sweaty horse.
I saw him several more times before we moved. He told me many times how special I was that I could see him, and for the first time I understood that specialness as something I could do that my sisters and Zia couldn’t—I could see the bearded man with his white horse and warm smile and gentle voice.
Ahmadi-Miller, Enjeela. The Broken Circle: A Memoir of Escaping Afghanistan (pp. 68-69). Kindle Edition.
Obviously, I loved this memoir and recommend it for everybody. It just might change your life and, if enough of us read it, it just might help bring our nation back together, even if only for a moment.
Five stars out of five.
I am striving to produce reviews that help you find books that you want, or avoid books that you wish to avoid.
It's possible to write a great book about a not-so-interesting life but it's also (sadly) very easy to take a fascinating story and deliver it in such a bland way that it fails to hit the target. We learn at the end of the book that Enjeela doesn't seem to have written this herself so much as recounting it to some kind of ghost writer and it has a real 'ghosted' feel about it.
Sometimes the amount of detail is just too much to be credible for such a young child's memory. Other times, there's just not enough detail - weeks, months pass with absolutely nothing happening.
The life this woman lived as a young girl travelling overland with the help of some fabulously kind people is very interesting and surprisingly free from the kind of perils that a fiction writer would almost certainly have piled on top. I applaud the author and her ghost for not going too over the top on exaggeration. People are really kind, the money never seems to run out, nobody gets lost or raped or beaten or ........ all the other stuff that could so easily have happened.
But stylistically it'll take more than throwing in a few extracts of classical Islamic poets to up-grade this from a 'he-said-she-said-then-we-did-this' kind of book.
I wasn't very aware that Afghanistan had been quite a modern, progressive society before the Russian backed communists took over. This is a period that's received a lot less literary attention than the days of the Taliban, and for that it's well worth a read. It's very much a tale of a super-privileged family with plenty of money to fall back on, but that's not a bad thing.
Enjeela A-M has had a fascinating life. If she writes another book, I hope she'll pick a better ghost writer as this one doesn't seem to have done justice to her interesting story.
I would also have liked to have understood how so much money was available to the family once they left Afghanistan as money never seemed to be a problem especially after meeting up with the father again.
How they actually got to America without apparently not having any papers etc was not outlined.
Notwithstanding the book is a good source of background into the terrible troubles endured by Afghanistanis.