Book Review: The Taliban Cricket Club by Timeri N. Murari

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In The Taliban Cricket Club: A Novel, Timeri N. Murari tells an amazingly compelling tale of a post Taliban Afghanistan. Our young hero, Rukhsana, is a female journalist suddenly caught in a world where a woman is to be scorned and hidden away from the world. He weaves a story that’s hard to look away from in the war torn city of Kabul, in an almost A Series of Unfortunate Events fashion. Each glimmer of hope is replaced by a new challenge or a new fear.

As Murari weaves in more and more characters, the story begins to focus around the greatest hope our hero has….the game of Cricket, and a chance for her family to escape the harsh realities of a Taliban controlled Kabul.

The tale itself is well paces and tells of love and loss, family and friendship, with vivid flashbacks and hope for the future. It is well worth the read and a hard book to put down before it’s finished.

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Robert is a Philosophy of Science and Bioethics student, as well as blogger and science advocate/activist. He has worked extensively within the secular community for various secular nonprofit organizations and public communication causes.

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Book Review: An Unlikely Truth by John Rachel

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“Maybe you were up for a pleasant game of badminton. Instead you find yourself surrounded by a bunch of gladiators. That’s the whole problem with the left. They keep looking for the shuttlecock and hoping the blood and guts will go away.”

John Rachel provides a masterful narrative that keeps the momentum and keeps the reader’s attention, page after page. The storytelling is brilliantly done, and never disappoints. The characters have depth and history, and no small amount of personality. The way he sets up the history of Martin Truth, our main character, is not only a fantastic story, but a fantastic look into several aspects of American culture.

The political aspects of this book are fantastic. While I’ve historically had criticisms of some of the Green Party stances, I think the overriding look into the state of American Politics today couldn’t have been laid out better.

“Let’s say the only thing a person could see or read about for an extended period of time was whether fire-breathing dragons should be regulated by the federal government or locally by the states. As the heat of debate is steadily cranked up and the pros and cons are bandied about, the ridiculous underlying premise becomes further reinforced, and woe be anyone who has the audacity and courage to point out that there is no such thing as fire-breathing dragons.”

As the characters formulate and implement their new “sledge hammer” strategy for political campaigning, Rachel lays out a plan that can be utilized across the country to force people from office who act regularly against the best interests of their constituents. I can see this being adopted and used with great success.

All in all, this is a fantastic read which I highly recommend.

An Unlikely Truth

Contributor: Robert Sacerich

Robert is a Philosophy of Science and Bioethics student, as well as blogger and science advocate/activist. He has worked extensively within the secular community for various secular nonprofit organizations and public communication causes.

See his full bio!

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