Saturday, March 22, 2008

Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns

I recently finished reading "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini. It is his second novel (first one was called "The Kite Runner") and is breathtaking. It follows the life of two Afghan women, Mariam and Laila, who are married to the same man. Laila is the educated daughter of a teacher whereas Mariam is the illiterate and illegitimate daughter of a very wealthy man who refuses to acknowledge her presence to the world. The story follows these two women from their pre-Taliban childhood to their married lives with their husband Rasheed in the post-Taliban era. You will be amazed by Laila and Mariam's friendship, smile at their shared moments, cry at their struggles, and be angered by atrocious treatment of women by Taliban.

The novel is extremely well written and heart breaking. Beware that it is a very emotionaly charged book. There were moments during my read when I wanted to throw the book across the room, but couldn't do it because it was borrowed from the library. =P

I highly recommend this novel as well as "The Kite Runner" and I promise that you will not regret it. I have recommended both these book to numerous friends and colleagues and they all loved it.

Check out the video below to hear Khaled Hosseini talk about this book.

Feel free to post your reactions and Happy Reading!

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