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When the Moon Is Low: A Novel (edició 2015)

de Nadia Hashimi (Autor)

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When her happy middle-class life in Afghanistan is shattered by the rise of the Taliban and her husband's murder by fundamentalists, former schoolteacher Fereiba embarks on a high-risk effort to escape to England with her three children.
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Títol:When the Moon Is Low: A Novel
Autors:Nadia Hashimi (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow (2015), 400 pages
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When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi is one of the most moving books about the refugee experience that I have ever read. I’ve seen the thousands of migrants on the news, desperate to reach a safe place and start a new life but to actually read of the difficulties that these families must endure was eye-opening. The book opens by introducing Fereiba and her life in Kabul. Her mother died when she was born and she was raised by a distant father and more or less indifferent step-mother. She is given in marriage to a young man and is lucky enough to find love. Their early years are set against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan which was a dangerous time but still Fereiba was able to work as a teacher and she and her husband flourished. When the Taliban gained control their life changed drastically and then came the night that her husband was taken.

Knowing she had to get out Afghanistan for the safety of her family, she, her thirteen year old son, eleven year old daughter and 3 month out baby begin the long, heart breaking journey to England where they have relatives. At this point the narrative switches between Fereiba and her son, Saleem as they become separated. Fereiba must make the difficult decision of continuing her journey in order to get her younger children to safety while Saleem must try to complete the journey by himself.

When the Moon is Low paints a vivid picture of the danger and despair that is experienced by displaced people. The book is very relevant as this scenario is being played out in many corners of the world today. This is a compelling, strong story that held my interest and I appreciated that the harshness of the story was softened somewhat by the author’s bittersweet ending. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jan 28, 2020 |
I loved this author but this story was not as memorable as I hoped for. ( )
  Headinherbooks_27 | Dec 13, 2019 |
Due to recent events in New Zealand, I decided to choose a book on the Muslim refugee experience. This book was beautifully written and created a sense of anxiety in this reader at the fraught journey this woman and her children had to undertake to reach a place of safety and a better future. ( )
  HelenBaker | Apr 1, 2019 |
When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi. This was an audiobook, told in two voices, Fereiba and her teenaged son, Saleem. Both readers were very good, especially Sneha Mathan, who voiced Fereiba's character. The story is about a family from Afghanistan before and after the Taliban came to power. It is the story of every refugee who tries to find a safer home and comes up against obstacles at every turn. We have seen this played out on the evening news, on the big screen and in literature. This book is fiction but it is fiction based on the truth of the times we live in. Fereiba's son Saleem is separated from his mother and 2 younger siblings early on and it is only the goal of reuniting that keeps them both moving forward as they strive to reach England where her sister and her family are living. This is also a story about the depths of strength and courage in the human spirit, resources we can only hope never to have to draw on, ourselves, to such a degree.

Towards the end of this 11-disc audiobook, I found myself feeling that perhaps it was being drawn out a bit too long. But I reminded myself that in reality, for people on the run, any amount of time is too long, when it comes to seeking asylum and safety. And home.

I don't want to say more than this, for spoiler alert reasons. But this was a gripping and heart-rending story, well-written and I think it will stay with me awhile. ( )
  jessibud2 | Sep 16, 2018 |
Wait, hang on a minute... ...what happened? This book started off very well telling the story of a woman who decides to leave Afghanistan after the death of her husband by the hands of the Taliban. This book chronicles her life, their journey and alternates between her POV of her own and her son, who ends up separated from his mother and siblings.
 
It started off *really* well. I was absolutely sucked into the tale of Fereiba growing up in pre-Taliban Afghanistan, going to school, getting married, and realizing after husband is assassinated that she must leave for the safety of her family (as most of her siblings and other family have already left. We follow her harrowing journey through Afghanistan, Greece, France and finally England with all the dangers of being swept up by the authorities, killed while making a dangerous journey and her wait for her eldest son.
 
Then we turn more toward her eldest, Saleem. He becomes separated from his family and endures dealing with the sleazy, corrupt and sometimes horrifying underbelly of being undocumented. He knows he's trying to get to England (where his mother and siblings have gone), but will he get there? HOW will he get there?
 
I enjoyed the story, but as it went on it worked less and less for me. The alternating viewpoints (Fereiba's in 1st POV, Saleem's in 3rd) worked at first, but then I didn't like how we began following Saleem (at what I felt was) at the expensive of his mother's. I get that his journey in some ways was a lot more difficult and different, but I'm not sure it really worked for me. I would have liked to have read more about her journey through Europe and dealing with customs. This story is especially relevant given the news about migrants trying to escape from Europe, so I wish the author had delved more deeply.
 
There are also many unanswered questions, although not all of them need answers. Is Fereiba's father still in his orchard, under the Taliban? What happened to Saboor? Is Aziz okay and getting better treatment? Why is Hameed so anxious to get rid of Fereiba and her family? (And does her sister Najiba know anything?) And what happened at the end???
 
As I said, not all of these stories need closure. And with this type of book and its subject matter, it can't really be expected to know what happens as this is not being told through an omniscient perspective. But I felt the book was left deliberately open, perhaps for a sequel or for the reader to decide. It actually reminds me of 'The Headmaster's Wager' with how it ended.
 
I'm somewhat annoyed that I purchased the author's first book (should I have borrowed that as well this one?). Another review elsewhere said her first book was better. And while I certainly didn't think this book was *awful*, I'm a lot less enthusiastic about it than when I began. I would say I was a bit surprised that the book wasn't as graphic as it could have been. There are depictions an attempted rape, stories of murder, terrorist attacks, etc. but it wasn't as gory as I thought it could be.
 
Still, although it is a work of fiction I wouldn't be surprised if the author based this on the experiences of family/friends/co-workers/patients (book flap says she's a pediatrician). It is a good read overall but I'd stick to borrowing it from the library than buying it. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
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