Saturday, January 10, 2009

A Thousand Splendid Suns


Last year I read The Kite Runner by the same author. It was great, minus a couple of icky parts that dealt with rape of a small child. The Kite Runner showed sides of Afghanistan from a male point of view and mostly decades ago.


A Thousand SPlendid Suns focuses more on the plight of women in Afghanistan and spans a time that leads into the now. The focus is on two women in particular and how their dissimilarities truly prove how similar they are. It gives you an insight to the hardships faced during the civil war, the war with Russia and the aftermath of those conflicts. It is very well written with the ability to draw a picture in your mind, which is what I enjoy most about a good book. I like to finish a well written book feeling as if A: I watched a really good movie or B: I was actually a participant in the book. And this book did that for me.

1 comment:

Tara @ Feels like home said...

I read this book while holding my 4-week-old infant. I remember being so over the moon for her and, at the same time, being so crushed by the circumstances of the women in this book. I finished it in hours because I just couldn't leave them where they were with every turning page.

And the ending! Oh, the ending. That's all I'm going to say about that.