The Taliban Cricket Club by Timeri N. Murari

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Read The Taliban Cricket Club Online Free - Rukhsana is a spirited young journalist working for the Kabul Daily in Afghanistan. She takes care of her ill, widowed mother and her younger brother, Jahan. With the arrival of a summons for Rukhsana to appear before the infamous Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the family’s world is shattered. The Minister, zorak Wahidi, has two goals in mind: to threaten the anti-Taliban news reporters and to announce the Taliban’s intention to hold a cricket tournament, the winner of which will represent Afghanistan in international cricket and give the brutal regime a cloak of respectability in the world.

Rukhsana knows this is a ludicrous idea—the Taliban could never embrace a game rooted in civility, fair play and equality. And no one in Afghanistan even plays cricket—no one, that is, except Rukhsana.

This could be, however, a way to get her male cousins and her brother out of Afghanistan for good. But Wahidi has a third goal in mind—to marry Rukhsana. The union would be her death sentence, wrenching her away from her family and placing her under Wahidi’s complete control. Forced into hiding and desperate to escape the country, Rukhsana realizes that Wahidi may have given her a way out, too. When her loyal, beloved cousins ask for her help, she sets about teaching them how to win their own freedom—with a bat and a ball.

Title : The Taliban Cricket Club
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ISBN : 1443410640
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Kat rated it ★★★★☆

January 04, 2013

Ever go online and watch the execution back in 1999 of the woman covered in a burqa as she knelt down on the field at Kabul's Olympic Stadium? For some reason, I did. Maybe because I needed to see it to believe it. I remember after 9/11 when suddenly the Bush administration jumped on the bandwago...

dely rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 21, 2017

This book has nothing of what I'm looking for while reading: it doesn't teach me something new, I couldn't relate to any of the characters and wasn't involved emotionally. It also wasn't entertaining: the events are predictable, the story line is clichéd and not believable; there are also a lot o...

Pamela rated it ★★★★★

June 13, 2012

The Taliban Cricket Club is a moving story of family, friendship, honor, and courage in the face of the horrors of war. In a world where women are no longer permitted to have rights and freedoms, Rukhsana continues to risk her life by writing stories about the cruelty of the Taliban. She along wi...

Jo rated it ★★★★★

April 07, 2013

Amazing book- absolutely loved it. Well written, heart breaking, engaging,humour and tears. There are so many issues raised by this book (not it's primary aim)it would make a great book club book. The heroine, Rukhsana is an incredible woman, brave, feisty and passionate. The book doesn't dwell o...

Anne rated it ★★★★★

September 20, 2014

What an exquisitely fine balancing act Timeri Murari pulls off in this delightful, different book. The dark brutality of rule under the Taliban contrasts with the genuine integrity and honour of Rukhsana's brother and cousins who all want to escape the country. Rukhsana is a journalist who has co...

Natalie rated it ★★★☆☆

August 27, 2012

Maybe I've read too many novels that take place in Afghanistan or Iran because this book was just too predicable. It had a different twist to it that made it different than the other books, that being the sport Cricket. But the same story line that I see in all of these books is: Woman betrothed...

Tazeen rated it ★☆☆☆☆

April 22, 2014

Life in Kabul has become a sellable literary genre of its own. The success of hauntingly beautiful The Kite Runner opened the flood gates and there is no stopping since then. From fiction to nonfiction to memoirs, if the book mentions Kabul, women abuse and Taliban, chances are that it will get a...

Helmut rated it ★★★★★

November 13, 2013

Die unsichtbare Frau Immer wieder sieht man auch hier in Saarbrücken vollverschleierte Frauen mit Burka herumlaufen. Obwohl ich leider im Ruf der Toleranz stehe, halte ich das für eine verbietenswürdige Praxis - deutlicher, als eine Frau in ein Stoffgefängnis mit Sichtschlitz zu stecken, kann man...

Bridget rated it ★★★☆☆

January 28, 2016

I thought this book was non-fiction when I started it, it seemed so realistic. It is a really good book. A look at life under the Taliban in Afghanistan from a woman's perspective. As she chafes against the oppression of the regime and resents the limits placed upon her life, Rukhsana pines for h...

Rosanne rated it ★★★★★

July 27, 2014

I loved The Taliban Cricket Club and so did my husband. I was impressed at how author Timeri n Murari managed to use humour (or should I say satire) with such dangerous, dark and sad content. The mismatch of cricket with its peaceful laws and the Taliban was amusing to start with and yet the stor...

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