Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

"One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs/or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls"

17th century Afghanistan poet Saibe-e-Tabrize

Once again Hosseini takes us to Afghanistan and we are given insight on how life was under the Soviets, Taliban, post-Taliban and trying to become the country it once was. The lives of Mariam and Laila become intertwined through events that occur in a split second. The struggle for both of them to survive-sharing an abusive husband, raising a family, find some joy in life-all of this bonds them on many different levels. The way women were made live during the Taliban reign in Afghanistan was horrendous, animals were given more consideration. Since Mariam had not been able to have children she was treated worse then Laila by their shared husband. When a shock from the past occurs it changes everything and events take a turn that is heartbreaking for both women. While one woman will find happiness thanks to the other, the other will face her final days but come to realize that what she wanted all her life she did end up with.
Question-did I feel about A Thousand Splendid Suns like I felt about Kite Runner?
That is for another post.......

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