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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Kabul Beauty School

Another woman. Steps into another culture. And marries a man. With whom she can hardly communicate. She's from Michigan. An English speaker. He's Afghani. And like in The White Masai, she wants him to behave like men in our culture. To nurture. To cuddle. To be there for her. For me. This substory is the hook. Not the beauty school. I know there's a movie too. I haven't seen it. And don't know if I will.

Add: QT reminded me too that she is his second wife. He has a first wife and a handful of children living in Saudi Arabia.


Blogger QT said...

I've heard about this book and was intrigued. While she seems completely off her rocker, she does manage to accomplish something.

And isn't the husband married to multiple wives?

8:48 AM  
Blogger r said...

Man, now there's another book to add to my two-foot high pile of
"to read" books.

Glad summer's almost here. I'll be able to make a dent in that stack.

10:02 AM  
Blogger meno said...

Hope springs eternal. Sigh.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Gordo said...

Ugh, that sounds like a recipe for disaster. Why can't people just let the ones they marry continue to be the same person? Why try to change them?

6:17 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Lucia,
I saw the film and had a mixed reaction. I feel really embarassed when Americans go into foreign countries and strive to be the Great Helping Hero. That's what this woman does. She totally imposes Western values on the Afghani women. It seemed so arrogant to me. Her outlook was this: "Poor little Afghani women. The American way is the RIGHT way."

I struggle daily with the challenges of intercultural marriage. But it is very much a give and take, not just forcing him to be American.

10:32 PM  

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