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The Breadwinner (2000)

by Deborah Ellis

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Because the Taliban rulers of Kabul, Afghanistan, impose strict limitations on women's freedom and behavior, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so that her family can survive after her father's arrest.

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The most amazing book I have ever read. It makes you think about things you don't normally think about. ( )
  andygwrexham | May 24, 2020 |
A gets over rough ground as lightly as possible telling of a young girl's masquerade as a boy to support her mother and siblings after her father is arrested. ( )
  quondame | Jan 13, 2020 |
This book is an adaption of the film. The book is realistic, comforting, and thoughtful. The book gave great insight into the struggles that many women face in their lives. Specifically, women in Afghanistan. This book is a great book to educate students on women's rights. ( )
  ElizabethFrey | Nov 17, 2019 |
Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Parvana’s father — a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed — works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day, he is arrested for the crime of having a foreign education, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food.

As conditions for the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy, and become the breadwinner.
  unsoluble | Nov 15, 2019 |
This novella length book is the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy, and is a good start to what promises to be an interesting series. Some readers may think that at 139 pages it couldn’t possibly set the scene for a gripping trilogy, and those readers would be wrong.

This type of post-apocalyptic themed novel seems to be all around us at the moment, but in this debut novel I found something I hadn’t come across before, a complete storyline and some very relatable characters. The main protagonist is a strong man faced with unenviable choices and following a course of actions he may have thought himself incapable of before the collapse of the world he knows. Through a skilful use of writing and rich development of the characters, this Author is able to give this books readers a thoroughly emotionally charged and realistic journey through their trials and tribulations.

The situations the Author places her characters in are well described and thought through to the point the reader is made to think and examine the way they would react in the same circumstances, and as I have said in previous reviews I do like a book that makes me think.

Although I am not a big fan of zombie novels, I am looking forward to reading the remainder of this trilogy and would, therefore recommend it to anyone who enjoys this genre of book or is an avid viewer of The Walking Dead.

Originally reviewed on: http://catesbooknuthut.com/2014/01/07/review-the-breadwinner-stevie-kopas/

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  TheAcorn | Nov 8, 2019 |
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Parvana es una chica de once años que vive con su familia en Kabul, la capital de Afganistán, durante la época del gobierno talibán. Cuando su padre es detenido, su familia -sin recursos para poder vivir-, buscará una solución desesperada: Parvana, que por ser mujer tiene prohibido ganar dinero, deberá transformarse en un chico y trabajar. Primero, leyendo la correspondencia en el mercado a la gente que es analfabeta y, poco después, vendiendo también tabaco con otra chica disfrazada. Mientras, su familia marcha a Mazar a casar a la hija mayor. Pero la ciudad, que estaba en manos de los rebeldes, es tomada por los talibanes, quedando atrapados allí. El padre de Parvana sale de la cárcel y ambos emprenden viaje para reunirse con ellas.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Deborah Ellisprimary authorall editionscalculated
Brisac, Anne-LaureTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kjersén Edman, LenaAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manzolelli, ClaudiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ridelberg, HelenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"I can read that letter as well as Father can," Parvana whispered into the folds of her chador.
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Because the Taliban rulers of Kabul, Afghanistan, impose strict limitations on women's freedom and behavior, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so that her family can survive after her father's arrest.

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In Afghanistan, only men are allowed to work. The Breadwinner tells the courageous story of a young Afghan woman living in war-torn city who must pretend to be a boy so that she can work to support her family. Pravana is forbidden to go to school, work outside the home, or even leave the home without a male escort, but she disguises herself as a boy to become the breadwinner and fight for equal rights.
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