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Monday, June 21, 2010

Opium Season by Joel Hafvenstein

According to Hafvenstein there is an Afghan proverb that says, “Mountains can never reach each other despite their bigness, but humans can”. This book “Opium Season” will reach you. All 300 plus pages are well written and full of description and history of Afghanistan and its people.
The author, Joel Hafvenstein writes with honesty about his experiences as a contractor with U.S. AID in Helmand. He weaves in a history of the region while describing modern day culture. He covers a little bit of everything from romance to marriage to children to a sometimes painful description of his daily diet.
I think this book is a great way to learn something about the history and culture of Afghanistan.   If you are in Afghanistan, on the way or just like good books, this book is well worth reading.
Have you read it?   What did you think about this book? 

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