When I finished the book, an image from an old National Geographic Magazine cover came to mind - one that had always haunted me with its beauty:
|Photo by Steve McCurry|
A Bed of Red Flowers is a brutally honest representation of one Afghan girl's experiences and her thoughts on politics, religion, and the plight of a desperate country. It should be recommended reading in all high schools, if only to instil an appreciation of the freedoms and peace that we take for granted here in Canada and the United States. I admire Ms. Pazira tremendously for her courage, and commitment to bringing the reality of the Afghan people - their struggles, hopes and dreams, and perseverance amid desperate and violent circumstances - to light.