Sunday, May 31, 2009

Good Read: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hossein

Picture a world where you're merely seen as an object; a property; a thing; a nobody. A world where your only function in society is to be married off-if that's possible, to procreate, care for your home, and your husband. A world, where your rights to learn, to study, to be independent, and to run free, are snatched from you in the blink of an eye. A world where your days are threatened by insensitive beatings, bombings, run-away missiles, murders, ongoing civil warfare, and tragedy, in a land that was once your own, a land you once called "home sweet home". A world where PERSEVERANCE; FAITH; FAMILY; INNER-STRENGTH; and LOVE FOR THY COUNTRY; are the only things that keep you moving on, and keep you ALIVE.

For two women in Kabul, Afghanistan, this became an everyday reality.

In this #1 New York Times Bestseller, A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini, also the author of #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Kite Runner, Khaled tells the story of two women of Kabul, Afghanistan, his own homeland, who fought through their lives' painful transgressions, and lived through each other, for each other, for their families, and their country. A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of the strongest, most passionate and riveting tales I've ever read. An incredible page turner that can be read in one sitting.

I must warn you though, this story is not for the weak of heart. As it continuously depicts tragic and mournful situations. But don't worry, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Don't be surprised if you catch yourself holding back a few tears, or choking through some of the scenes, or see yourself living through these characters, and feeling what they felt. Believe it or not, tears came to my mother's eyes when I described some of the scenes of this book over supper at our dinning table.

Personally, I was touched. The story brought several things into perspective for me, and allowed me to further appreciate my own life and existence. Appreciate things that at times we take for granted and see as insignificant, but if we only knew how blessed we really were to have them. I highly recommend this book. Without a doubt, one of my personal favorites.

5 stars
for Khaled Hosseini on another amazing book.

One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,

Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.

- Saeb-e-Tabrizi

Also by Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner. Check it out! You won't be dissapointed.


Mr Bru Cru said...

I cant begin to tell you how much this book made me cry kid. I've always been a reader, always enjoyed books, but this one was beyond enjoyable. I cried happy and sad tears, this is a very moving story. Loved it bro.

JEGZ aka Black Casanova said...

An amazing book. Can't wait for Hosseini's next novel. Sweet!