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The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan


The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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    Kim Barker(Author)

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When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do the -Taliban Shuffle- between Afghanistan and Pakistan. No matter--her stories about Islamic militants and shaky reconstruction were soon overshadowed by the bigger news in Iraq. But as she delved deeper into Pakistan and Afghanistan, her love for the hapless countries grew, along with her fear for their future stability. In this darkly comic and unsparing memoir, Barker uses her wry, incisive voice to expose the absurdities and tragedies of the -forgotten war, - finding humor and humanity amid the rubble and heartbreak.

Praise for "The Taliban Shuffle" "What's remarkable about "The Taliban Shuffle" is that its author, Kim Barker, has written an account of her experiences covering Afghanistan and Pakistan that manages to be hilarious and harrowing, witty and illuminating, all at the same time... Ms. Barker has discovered a voice in these pages that enables her to capture both the serious and the seriously absurd conditions in Af-Pak (Afghanistan and Pakistan), and the surreal deal of being a female reporter there, with dating problems ranging from the screwball (a boyfriend competing to cover the same story) to the ridiculous (being romantically pursued by the former prime minister of Pakistan). Black humor, it turns out, is a perfect tool for capturing the sad-awful-frequently-insane incongruities of war. "The Taliban Shuffle," in fact, reads like a rollicking and revealing mashup of "Imperial Life in the Emerald City" (Rajiv Chandrasekaran's devastating 2006 portrait of the unreal world of Ira

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  • PDF | 302 pages
  • Kim Barker(Author)
  • Anchor Books; Reprint edition (6 Mar. 2012)
  • English
  • 8
  • Biography
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  • By Lynne Kirkman on 20 March 2017

    Who would think being a war correspondent could be so hilarious and entertaining! Getting to grips with reporting in Afghanistan,Barker makes some very wry observations about her fellow correspondents,the partying,getting used to meeting Afghan warlords,one of whom taught Barker to use an AK47 Assault rifle.Her close relationship with Farhad,her ex Doctor,Afghan interpreter,she attended his wedding.Reporting on the building wells,so women in villages would not have to walk to a river,only for them to be blown up with old Russian mines,by the said women,because they wanted to have time to gossip away from the men!The attitudes she met in Pakistan,with men constantly engaging in an,'Ass grabbing free for all',despite Barkers attempt to dress in a conservative manner.She fell in love with Afghanistan,but found Pakistan a challenge.Her love for Afghanistan and its people shines out clearly.A great read.

  • By Adam C. Serafini on 24 December 2011

    The author has written a wonderfully funny and sensitive account of her time working as a foreign correspondent in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Kim writes about the political context behind the complex tensions that exist in the Middle East, but this background is interspersed with laugh-out-loud personal anecdotes from the perspective of an American journalist living, dating and drinking in Islamabad and Kabul. Kim meets warlords, rubs shoulders with corrupt politicians and attends outrageous fancy dress parties. The book is a refreshing antidote to the rather dry tone that might be expected from a book of this subject matter. Highly recommended!

  • By Guest on 27 May 2016

    This is a truly wonderful read because the author, Kim Barker, is a character. Tall, unconventional, very bright, and more so, definitely determined. In writing about her life in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and, because she was a respected journalist, doors opened for her, she provides an insight into the daily lives of people, some of whom are today dying in the waters off Greece as they try to escape. It's a horrible topic made human and readable because Kim is a bit special.

  • By Kateannf on 28 July 2016

    Very genuine and enjoyable book of observations of a bystander looking in on the shambolic invasion of Afghanistan.

  • By Neofin on 26 May 2016

    A brilliant read and a fascinating insight into the lives of journalists!

  • By David Muir on 6 January 2016

    I've read a number of these types of books and normally they are very thought provoking but the attempts to inject humour in the darkness is done badly or humour laden and the serious information gets drowned out.This book however is both serious and funny when it's appropriate and is very well written by someone who is obviously a great story teller as well as as a journalist as the information she wants to get across as well as getting the story in.Thoroughly recommended.

  • By M. R. Mughal on 28 November 2015

    Excellent value. Fast despatch. Reliable Seller. Buy with confidence

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