The Taliban Cricket Club by Timeri N. Murari

78%

12 Critic Reviews

Along with its maid-in-distress plot, the novel offers the usual low comedy and big-game suspense of sports novels, but the best action occurs away from the pitch.
-NY Times

Synopsis

“A moving, splendidly realized story of courage and grit in modern-day Kabul.”
—Vikas Swarup, author of Slumdog Millionaire

A harrowing yet tender novel—Bend It Like Beckham in a burka—The Taliban Cricket Club is a moving and unforgettable tale of one woman’s courage and guile in the face of terror and tyranny. Set in war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan, this extraordinary new fiction by Timeri N. Murari, acclaimed author of the international bestseller, Taj, is a sweeping story of love, family, resilience, and survival, featuring an unforgettable heroine determined to help her loved ones win their freedom with a bat and a ball.

 

About Timeri N. Murari

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Timeri N. Murari is an award winning writer, filmmaker, and playwright. Time magazine chose his film, The Square Circle, for its top ten of the year. His works include the bestselling novel, Taj, which was translated into twenty one languages. Timeri lives with his wife in his ancestral home in Madras, India.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Ecco. 337 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Sports & Outdoors, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Taliban Cricket Club
All: 12 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 01 2012

Readers will be of two minds, whether Murari’s Bend It Like Beckham approach to Taliban repression is trivializing or uplifting.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by TOM LeCLAIR on Jul 20 2012

Along with its maid-in-distress plot, the novel offers the usual low comedy and big-game suspense of sports novels, but the best action occurs away from the pitch.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Jul 01 2012

The plot is far-fetched, but the cinematic descriptions of war, and the joy of cricket, score highly.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publisher's Weekly on May 15 2012

...a thrilling climax and a typical story line make this well worth a read.

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by MEGANNE FABREGA on Jul 28 2012

Inspired by true events, Murari takes a captivating headline and infuses it with all of the makings of a rousing romance in the traditional sense of the word:

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Book Reporter

...is a sweeping story of love, family, resilience, and survival, featuring an unforgettable heroine determined to help her loved ones win their freedom with a bat and a ball.

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The Bookbag

Excellent
Reviewed by Clare Reddaway on Jul 01 2012

This book is funny, moving, harrowing, romantic and readable.

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Curious Book Fans

Excellent
Reviewed by koshkha on Jun 27 2012

Sometimes a book comes along that makes you think it’s going to cause quite a stir...That was my impression when I read The Taliban Cricket Club. It is ‘popular’ fiction rather than ‘literary’ fiction ...

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Book Geeks

Excellent
Reviewed by Brendan Wright on Jul 08 2012

Instead The Taliban Cricket Club is a hopeful, uplifting tale about overcoming insurmountable odds...

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ESPN

Below average
Reviewed by Sharda Ugra on Jun 16 2012

Its dominant mood is dread and gloom - which press down on the reader through to its final chapter.

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Novelicious

Good
Reviewed by Jenni Cahill on Jul 05 2012

The book was much more about Rukhsana’s journey than cricket.

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Lit Stack

Below average
Reviewed by Sam Spokony on Jun 07 2012

The novel is, for lack of a better phrase, much too easily digestible. It’s pop-fiction disguised as literature.

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