January 4, 2009

Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

I read Kiterunner two years ago and was excited to see that the author, Khaled Hosseini, was coming out with a second book. Though I have wanted to read it since then, it's taken me a while to get around to actually reading it, which I did a few weeks ago.

If you've not read either of these books, you must. There's no other way of saying it. They are beautifully written and handle difficult situations with delicacy and care. While they might not be the best "fun" reading material, they are enjoyable in an entirely different way.

Thousand Splendid Suns is the story of two women in Afghanistan. Of course we're aware of how women are treated under the Taliban, but this book puts a personal face on such atrocities. The story is all the more tragic when you consider that these two women never thought that they would be put in this type of situation, but were forced into it by circumstances beyond their control.

I don't really want to share more and give it away, but I suggest that you take some time to search this out and read this now that the holidays are over.


  1. I second that! These are two wonderful books!!

  2. i saw the movie kiterunner, which was great, haven't read the book. this one sounds good too.

  3. I think I actually enjoyed A Thousand Splendid Suns better than Kiterunner. They are both fantastic though, I'm still not completely sure!

  4. I did read Kiterunner on your suggestion and liked it. Now I'll have to get this one. I've been curious about it.

  5. I tried reading this last year. And I couldn't finish. Not because of the book or writing, but because I couldn't handle the depressing parts. I learned something about myself in the attempt. Sometimes I would rather remain, at least partially, oblivious. Oh, and that I'm perfectly willing to practice denial when it suits my peace of mind. Not sure if thats a good or bad thing. I suspect the latter.

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