SHACKLED: A Journey From Political Imprisonment To Freedom
Adult; Memoir; (Market)
Khaled Siddiq "Charkhi" is only six years old when he and his entire extended family are imprisoned. Following a grand betrayal, Khaled's father and uncles, the respected right-hand men to the King of Afghanistan, become targets of the new regime. Khaled's father is exiled, his uncles are executed, and their families are locked away in a forgotten corner of Kabul.
So begins a decades-long struggle in captivity where Khaled faces the hardship of prison life while enduring tragedies as more of his loved ones are executed and succumb to diseases. Despite the tribulations he experiences, Khaled never gives up hope, choosing to make the most of his time by studying five different languages, advanced literature, and philosophy. Eventually, Khaled and his family are released from prison, but are they truly free? Forbidden from leaving the country, one thing continues to haunt Khaled: a longing to reunite with his father.
SHACKLED is a raw, heart-opening story about resilience. It follows the Charkhi family from the 1932 coup to the 1979 Soviet invasion. Amidst national and personal upheaval, Khaled finds his freedom by choosing to lead a life of optimism, kindness, joy, and love.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.25 out of 10
Plot: This is an extraordinary biography beginning in early twentieth-century Afghanistan that shares the gripping story of a political family that suffered greatly at the hands of a corrupt government. The element of surprise often keeps the pages turning.
Prose: Siddiq offers emotional narrative arcs that sometimes stray a bit from a journalistic feel, but this book proves to be a just-right blend of the facts and feelings involved in this story.
Originality: This is an utterly original, inside story of a family’s political imprisonment and their eventual freedom.
Character Development: The characters are detailed with an intimacy that enhances their individuality. Following what is nearly the entire life of Khaled Siddiq continually adds layers of insight into his personality and behavior.
Date Submitted: August 24, 2018
"Shackled: A Journey From Political Imprisonment to Freedom, is a powerful true story of one man’s life in Afghanistan filled with raw emotion that is an inspiring must-read for all humankind."
"The story, told in precise but moving prose, is often achingly beautiful—a stirring mix of sadness and inspiring triumph."
"This book is an easy five stars."
05/27/2018Biography Finalist in 2018 International Book Awards
"SHACKLED: A Journey From Political Imprisonment To Freedom" has been honored as an Award-Winning Finalist in the Biography category of the 2018 International Book Awards.