Some time ago I read Hosseini's The Kite Runner and found it deeply inspiring, indeed possibly the best book I've ever read in my life. A Thousand Splendid Suns is nearly as touching as its predecessor - it tells the heart-wrenching tale of the life of two burqa-clad women in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime, and how love can still shine through such horrific circumstances. This book will make you count your lucky stars and give you an insight into the horrible plight of women who are born in male-dominant communities where women are treated as inferior chattels.
After reading the Kite Runner, I could not wait for Hosseini's next book, and I wasn't left disappointed! This portrayal of life in Afghanistan, which I knew nothing about has truly inspired me. The female characters portrayed in the book come to life, and the book deals with the difficulties that Afghan women experience in a culture way beyond what one could imagine. The story is descriptive and well written. The historical details of latter day Afghan history, only helps to enhance the story. I knew nothing of the history or culture of Afghanistan and found myself drawn into this book and it's characters. Hosseini writes so well, that I couldn't put this book down. I read several books in a year and this one was by far the best I have read in 2007. I just can't wait for his next book.
I am already eagerly awaiting his next book. I wasnt particularly interested in Afghan history and life until I was tempted by the magnificent Kite Runner. This book continues a growing insight into a country few of us know or have experienced unless we are holding a rifle and herein lies the tragedy. A country having had such a violent past and present only enters our daily lives when we debate whether our troups should be there. But I would implore you to read this book passionately written by an author with real love for what ultimatley is a beautiful country ravished by decades of war. The story is shocking, the backdrop terrifying, but all in all this is an uplifting life affirming achievement of a book and I just hope one day Afghanistan is free.
For those unfamiliar with the arranged marriage scenarios and what horrid things women are subjected too at times, this book will make you laugh, cry and feel useless at times to prevent these atrocities. Even though this is fictional, is it as true an account as can happen.
Khaled Housseini is truly a gifted writer and I look forward to the next ones!