Welcome to the inaugural BOOK CLUB, a joint venture between me and Jen from Devourer of Books. Today we are going to be chatting about A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear, by Atiq Rahimi which was published this month by Other Press.
A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear tells the story of Farhad, a young Afghani man living in Kabul who is brutally beaten by soldiers after returning home from drinks with a friend. After being left in the street (presumably to die from his injuries), he is taken in by a woman living in the neighborhood. In and out of consciousness, Farhad considers the influences and decisions that have shaped his life, as he has comes to face the fact that he might have to leave behind the only world and home that he has ever known.
Before we get started, I would like to share the reviews of some of the readers who will be participating in today’s discussion. Please feel free to leave your link in the comments section if I have missed it here.
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- First off, what were your general impressions of the book?
- Is this a book you would have read had you not been reading it for a book club?
- Did you choose to do any research on Afghanistan before you started, or did you read it cold?
- What kinds of questions did you have during your reading?
- Were they answered?
- Did the fact that the book is translated change the way you read it or felt about it?
- What questions did you have for the group?
- What exactly happened at the end of the book? (Michelle)
12 review copies of A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear were provided by Other Press in order to facilitate this discussion. Thank you!