Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Book #42: Kabul Beauty School; An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez.
This book tells Deborah's own story of heading to Afghanistan to open a beauty school for women. Prior to this, Deborah has spent negligible time in Afghanistan and no time running a business/non-profit. She does not know Dari, the dominant language in Kabul, or anything else about Afghanistan, except that she wants to help women there.
It seems that Debbie has a tendency to act without thinking, and that that tendency extended to writing and publishing this book.
It was WAY easier to get through than Three Cups of Tea, and, in theory, is about 100% more honest, but had some structural problems (for me, anyway) and left about a million loose ends, even with an added afterword for the paperback edition.
Does the beauty school still exist? I don't know.*
Is she still married to the random Afghan dude she barely knew? I don't know.
Were people actually after her and the school or was it some sort of weird conspiracy? I don't know.
Was she in it to make a profit or just working her ass off to help women in Afghanistan? I don't know.
Did she finally bother to learn the damn language? I don't know, but judging from the few years the book spans, I'm gonna guess no.
*Okay, I do know--the school's closed. But I had to do some research to find out