Author: Khaled Hosseini
Summary: A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan's last thirty years--from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding--that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives--the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness--are inextricable from the history playing out around them.
My Rating: 9/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I really enjoyed this book, at times it shocked me with what I was reading and disturbed me, but it made the book and characters very real for me. I read the book in sitting and thought about it for awhile afterwards, which marks good story in my books when you are still thinking about the book after you’ve read it.
The author brings the life of the people, particularly the women, of Afghanistan, into the readers mind. He did a fantastic job at painting a picture in my mind, of the day to day life, the minds of the people, and the events that shaped them. The treatment of women both the bad and good was shoved in your face - there was no holding back. Although it disturbed me, down to the core at times, it the story still held me captive. The level of description that went into the book was phenomenal. Graphic scenes at times, but still phenomenal, there was one scene after a street was struck with a bomb, that was so well done, that it really made me, the reader feel like I was standing in the middle of it all.
The story of the two women, and the events that shaped them was also, beautifully done. Both characters I found myself to be very invested in. I constantly wanted to know the outcome of their lives, and was horrified at some of the thing that had happened to them. The two characters and their stories, created two very real examples in my mind, and created a very strong story. I don’t think the reader would get bored with it. My one complaint is felt that there was a lot of stuff thrown t the reader, in a small amount of pages. The amount of depth that went into the book on the history and the characters of this book, I felt that it should have been longer, because there was so much of it, sometimes it was hard to digest it all. On one side of it, this could have been ploy of the author, to make the reader experience the story in a very real sense, but I would have liked things to be a little more spaced out. Overall it was wonderful and powerful book, one I won’t forget anytime soon.
Would I recommend it to read: I would definitely recommend it to read. Although, I would warn that there are some graphic and violent scenes in the book, and I think some readers would be turned off by this. But it is worth a try, it was fantastic book.
What to read next: The Snow Flower and Secret Fan, The Kite Runner