A Thousand Splendid Suns

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Khaled Hosseini is the author of The Kite Runner. The Kite Runner actually his début book released in 2003; it reached international bestseller and there’s a movie adaptation. A Thousand Splendid Suns reached international bestseller too; Time’s magazine put it on number three in “Top 10 Fiction Books of 2007”.

I can not say anything more than: Beware. This is not an easy book to read. It’s a depressing tale about Mariam, a harami (illegitimate child) and Laila, a girl 20 years younger than Mariam. The story itself is beautiful, told in Afghanistan war era.

I really love how the author (Khaled Hosseini) made Mariam and Laila realistic. The emotion and the romance written beautifully. I still can’t believe that this book is written by a man.

As I said before, it’s not easy to read this book. But it is well-written, with every realistic details in every words. It will give you different perspective of life. Reading it will make you grateful of everything you have, that you still can visit wordpress.com and read this review.

As a woman who can say opinions freely and really think that women and men are equals, the story is really saddening.  Knowing that many women out there can’t defend their rights is rather depressing and I don’t know what can I do to change it.

I only give 3/5 (label: liked it) on Goodreads just based on personal taste. The story is excellent, makes you realize that you are lucky enough to get internet access and love and loved unconditionally under silent and blue sky with birds chirping every morning, but also heartbreaking. There are some twist in the story that will make you wonder how clever the author was.

I recommend this book if you want to see Afghan women life at war and how war doesn’t make anything better.

Happy reading!

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