A Fort of Nine Towers

An Afghan Family Story

Omar, Qais Akbar

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
A Fort of Nine Towers
A young Afghan man's memoir of his family and country in which the horrors and perils he faced, his imprisonment, and his quiet resistance explore life in a country whose history has become deeply entwined with the United States, but has eluded understanding.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374157647
Characteristics: viii, 396 p. :,maps ;,24 cm.
Alternate Title: Fort of 9 towers


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Jul 07, 2014
  • apaoliel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Everyone interested in learning about the real Afghanistan and its recent history should read this book.

May 05, 2014

This is an amazing book. I could not put it down. I highly recommend it.

Mar 24, 2014
  • bookwormjeph rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

With all the negative news out of Afghanistan over the last decade it would be easy to want to seek out some good news to balance it all out. Well, this in depth doesn't exactly balance it - what it does is give you, the reader, is a detailed account of how all the war, strife and violence affected the individual, the families and the communities. It is violent, frightening and harrowing, but ultimately it is uplifting due to the resilience, the strength and the resourcefulness of individuals, families and communities, though this comes with severe costs that no one can escape from. A totally absorbing read - I couldn't put it down.

Oct 25, 2013
  • codylove rated this: 5 stars out of 5.


Jun 30, 2013
  • madelinemullen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This man's story was gripping as we followed him and his family from his childhood through becoming an adult. Rather than focusing exclusively on all of the misery and horror (which he describes), it includes family warmth and a lot of humor. I highly recommend it!

Jun 19, 2013
  • Shahrazad17 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Alhamdulilah! One of the best books I've EVER read. I'm so glad I found this title and I'm excited that it's also recommended by O, The Oprah Magazine this month. Everyone on the planet needs to read this book and fall in love - yes, I said fall in love with - Afghanistan and her people.

Jun 18, 2013

"Afghan author Qais Akbar Omar's hometown, Kabul, has been destroyed by revolution and wars several times over. In his childhood, the Mujahedin destroyed idyllic, fertile Kabul, and the Omar family fled; the pressures of war forced them to move again and again. After they returned to Kabul, the Taliban made life nearly intolerable, but Omar managed to open a carpet shop and provide a living for friends and family. Fear, brutality, and deprivation have ruled his life, though A Fort of Nine Towers also depicts the beauty and wisdom of Afghan traditions. Readers of Gayle Tzemach Lemmon's The Dressmaker of Khair Khana will find Omar's memoir equally absorbing." June 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=645920


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