Monday, June 04, 2007

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseni

This story is told through the eyes of two women Miriam and Lilia. Miriam is an illegitimate child and is eventually married off to Rasheed who has his own shoe shop. She endures life with him as her mom Nana did on her own with not much help. Miriam and Rasheed take in Lilia after she loses her family. Miriam and Lilia have to figure out their relationship to each other as well as how it will work with Rasheed. With the Taliban starting to take power, the women also need to decide if they feel safe to stay or if they must flee to save their lives.

Mr. Hosseni is a talented and very wonderful writer. His writing got better and it was more emotionally involved. He showed all aspects of his characters extremely well. The depth that he took his writing truly amazed me.

Miriam was my favorite because she endured the most of both. She really had to bounce back from situations multiple times. Yet she never seemed to stay bitter. Lilia was a woman who got thrown into a marriage for no other reason than her reputation. She thought no one was left around to save her or take care of her.

This book took me on a wonderful experience. It taught me more about that culture and what was expected of both men and women. I give it a 5/5. It is difficult to write this review because I am grasping for words to tell you how great it is. I don’t want to give anything away! Please check this book out and if you have not already read Kite Runner they are not linked in any way. Mr. Hosseni is an amazing author and I look forward to his next book.

372 pages/ fiction

I finished this one before I posted The Last Summer. It took me the longest time to write the review for the current book mentioned. Now off to read a romance novel. :)


Amanda said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for a great review!

Kris said...

Great review...I don't have a copy of this book...but can't wait to read it.

Lover of Books said...

Amanda, it was really good! I can't wait to hear what you think of it. :)

Kris- Well if nothing else, I am sure someone in our group could lend you a copy unless your library has it. :)

MyUtopia said...

That sounds interesting.

Joy said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this one.

Lover of Books said...

My Utopia- It was really interesting and I learned a lot. It was a great book!

Joy- It is so good! :)

Trish said...

Thanks for the great review. I've been debating on whether or not to buy this while its still in hardcover, but I just may have to splurge. I loved "The Kite Runner."

If you are interested in Afghani history, you might check out a memoir called "The Storyteller's Daughter" by Saira Shah. Shah is a British journalist of Afghani decent and she logs her journeys through Afghanistan during some of the turmoil (most of her journeys take place before 9/11). Quick read, but very enlightening.

Lover of Books said...

Trish-thank you so much for your comments. It is worth it! If I had the money I would buy both of them but I can only buy so many books. lol Thanks for the recomindation. I will have to write that one down.