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This shall be a house of peace / Phil Halton.

Halton, Phil, author. (Author).
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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fosston Public Library HAL (Text) 33500013017173 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library HAL (Text) 33500013017165 New Checked out 09/11/2019

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  • ISBN: 1459742230
  • ISBN: 9781459742239
  • Physical Description: 395 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto, Dundurn, [2019]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "Chaos reigns in the wake of the collapse of Afghanistan's Soviet-backed government. In the rural, warlord-ruled south, a student is badly beaten at a checkpoint run by bandits. His mullah, who leads a madrassa for orphans left behind by Afghanistan's civil war, leads his students back to the checkpoint and forces the bandits out. His actions set in motion a chain of events that will change the balance of power in his country and send shock waves through history. Amid villagers seeking protection and warlords seeking power, the Mullah's influence grows. Against the backdrop of anarchy dominated by armed factions, he devotes himself to building a house of peace with his students - or, as they are called in Pashto, Taliban. Part intrigue, part war narrative, and part historical drama, This Shall Be a House of Peace charts their breathtaking ambition, transformation, and rise to power."-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 November #1
    *Starred Review* Describing Halton's first novel as a work of historical fiction about the origins of the Taliban does not quite cover its intense psychological and cultural exploration. By approaching the world-changing, religious-political entity from the angle of the individuals associated with its origins, Halton, formerly a Canadian military officer, radically challenges all preexisting assumptions. The experiences of the brothers Wasif and Amin, students of the laconic mullah who is the force behind the group, anchor the events of the story. As they go from being boys to men in a short span of time, the social and psychological layers of political conflicts are revealed. Halton's atmospheric descriptions bring to life the rugged terrain where these Pashtun men meet, talk, debate, and fight. The minimal presence of women serves as striking commentary on this divided world in a tale that is utterly nonjudgmental. Halton captures the zeal and righteousness at the root of all revolutions and gives readers a rare opportunity to gain insights that bridge cultural chasms, as he illuminates why faith and war are so intertwined for his protagonists. Halton's debut is a must-read for all who turn to books for an understanding of worlds other than their own. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Phil Halton has worked around the globe as a soldier and security consultant, including in Afghanistan. He has spent over twenty-five years as an officer in the Canadian Army. Phil publishes the literary journal Blood & Bourbon and lives in Toronto.

Subject: Taliban > History > 20th century > Fiction.
Afghanistan > Fiction.
War stories.
Genre: War stories.

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