Mini Review – The House on Carnaval Street

I’ve had this book on my book shelf for well over a year – in fact maybe two. I finally decided to read it when I realised how much the cover had discoloured and felt sorry for it!

This is the first non-fiction book I’ve read in a long time. This is a kind of memoir of Deborah’s time from fleeing Kabul to arriving in Mexico and making it her home.

This is an easy read that flows well, it is absolutely perfect for lying by a pool or at the beach this summer. There are moments where you will laugh out loud when you hear what Deborah has got herself into – I found the “getting cable (TV) situation”… hilarious!

I was extremely touched to read Deborah’s path to dealing with PTSD, and felt it would be relatable for many in a similar position.

Would I read another like this? Probably not, I found it difficult to comprehend that this ‘character’ in this book was a real person. It’s a lot easier to say you aren’t keen on a character when they’re fictional – saying ‘why would they do that?!’, ‘are they mad?’ and ‘ouch that was harsh’ – seems more natural and more comfortable to do when you know it’s not a real person.

With parts I liked and parts I didn’t like, the jury is still out on whether I would recommend this book. Anyone else given it a go?

Until next time, Chloé x



  1. I haven’t read this one, but it sounds like the title is a reference to Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street. Are there other parallels?

    It can be difficult when you don’t particularly like the main character of a nonfiction book. When I was reading The Temporary Bride, I didn’t particularly like any of the main characters, but think that someone with more interest in cooking or traveling in the Middle East might enjoy it more than I did.


    1. Just had a google of The House on Mango Street. It seems there are a few parallels although whether this was intentional by the author I’m not sure!

      Agreed – it’s always good to think who would like a book even if it isn’t your own cup of tea!

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