The Taliban Cricket Club

The Taliban Cricket Club

Book - 2012
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Set in war-torn Kabul, a harrowing yet tender novel--think "Bend It Like Beckham" in a burka--about one woman's courage and guile in the face of terror and tyranny.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062091253
Branch Call Number: F Mur


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Rukhsana’s family members are trying to get out of Kabul. Kabul is plagued with violence under the Taliban. The authorities decide to improve their diplomatic image with a game of cricket… The prize? Leaving the country to play in a national games and maybe escape for Rukhsana and her family. The team needs a coach, Rukhana is the only one that played in the past on a University team when woman were allowed to participate but now the Taliban rules… I really enjoyed this book. (submitted by JJ)

Feb 21, 2018

This was an extremely interesting and well-written book that I thoroughly enjoyed!

crankylibrarian Jun 02, 2013

It is the late 90s, and free-spirited Afghan journalist Rukhsana chafes under the Taliban's dehumanizing rule. Terrified that her illicit reporting of the regime's atrocities have been noticed by the religious police, she longs to flee to her fiance in America, but refuses to abandon her teenage brother Jahan and their dying mother. An unexpected escape plan presents itself: a national cricket tournament in which the winning team will be sent to Pakistan. Rukhsana and Jahan form a team with their equally disaffected cousins, determined to win the tournament and their freedom. But...can they trust each other when discovery means death? And if Rukhsana alone escapes, can she bear to leave Jahan behind? An emotionally gripping story of family loyalty and love in the face of tyranny.

Mar 05, 2013

I checked this book out on a whim, I was just browsing and the word cricket caught my eye because I know a lot of kids who love to play cricket! So glad I checked it out. It was a wonderful book, I couldn't put it down!

Booktraveler Dec 20, 2012

This was a wonderfully poignant story told by the lovely main character, Rokhsana. Through her descriptive and poetic narration we come to know and love her core family, extended family and friends. The story tells about her life in Kabul as a journalist under the stifling and harrowing rule of the Taliban. There are flashbacks to her years of freedom attending college in Deli, her budding love for a secret friend and learning to play cricket. It ends up that cricket just might be her lifesaving ticket out of Afghanistan.

beckymatyas Jul 02, 2012

An amazing look into the lives of people in other cultures and countries. We take our everyday freedoms and luxuries for granted and this book really startles you out of your complacency. I couldn't put it down, even though I was afraid to keep reading!!!

Cdnbookworm Jun 26, 2012

This novel is centered around Rukhsana, a young woman living with her mother and younger brother in Kabul. When she started university, her father was sent to a diplomatic post in Delhi and she took her degree there, getting a taste of the outside world and meeting a young man she has strong feelings for. But she was promised to another and dutifully went home and found a job as a journalist.
But then the Taliban came to power and she lost her job. When her family was planning to leave, her father and grandparents were killed in an accident, and Rukhsana resigned herself to waiting for a better life. She writes articles for international publications under a pseudonym and waits to join her betrothed in the United States.
But then two things happen. First the government announces an upcoming tournament for cricket. The winners will go to Pakistan for training and then will represent Afghanistan internationally. Since Rukhsana played at university, and this seems a great opportunity to leave the country, she begins to train her brother and cousins to play in the tournament. Second, the Talib Wahidi, who she has run into before as a journalist, has now demanded her as his new wife. Her family will certainly suffer if she doesn't submit to his will.
As Rukhsana hides from Wahidi and his brother, she also continues to train her cousins, determined to make the most of this opportunity and find a way through smugglers to meet them outside the country.
Giving a view into the lives people live under Taliban power, and how those who are determined find ways to circumvent the limitations on their lives when they can, we see how the strong-spirited woman Rukhsana has become pushes past her fear to do what she needs to for herself and her family. This book has humour, romance, and interesting characters. We see the importance of family loyalty and the trust that needs to be given in situations where it really could be life or death.
A great read.

Jun 18, 2012

This book is harrowing at times, and sometimes it seems that the author added every element that should be in a novel aout Afghanistan under the Taliban...BUT I really cared about what happened to the characters and I couldn't put the book dowdn until I found out what happened!

...a really good read...makes me glad I live in Canada.


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