I'll soon have a test on the "The Storyteller's Daughter" by Shah. Are there any study guides anywhere for this book?
I could not find a study guide but Saira Shah's book is set in Afghanistan, a country that remains little known and much misunderstood. Shah takes the reader to Afghanistan, revealing it to be complex and culturally rich. She is a London-based journalist became well known because of her television documentary "Beneath the Veil." Shah comes from an Afghan family of ancient pedigree. Her father, Idries Shah was a well-known Sufi philosopher. Growing up in England, where her family had settled, and Shah’s main contact with her Afghan heritage was through the stories her father told her and her siblings. He told them stories of fairytale mountain landscapes peopled by proud and fearless warriors upholding a centuries-old code of honor. This novel is built around her search for her own identity as she attempts to reconcile the romantic Afghanistan of her father's tales with the country's reality after years of devastating civil war. It tells of her clandestine trips into Afghanistan with the Mujahidin as a young reporter in the mid-1980s, as well as her equally risky trips there in 2001 to film "Beneath the Veil" and "Unholy War." This story lets the reader see more about the conflict that has ravaged that country for decades, as well as on the upsurge of Islamic fundamentalism that has given rise to al Qaeda. There is more information at the links below.