To give you an impression of how good this book was, I got off the bus yesterday and couldn’t close the book. I walked to my car still reading, with an occasional glance at the ground to make sure I wasn’t going to trip or get run over. I didn’t even want to stop reading long enough to drive the one mile home. I actually contemplated if there was a way I could read all the way home and not wreck. (You’ll be happy to know I decided this wasn’t possible.)
A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini, is the story of two women who grow up in Afganistan. One is Mariam, the bastard child of a rich businessman with three wives and his former housekeeper, the other is Laila, the daughter of a progressive school teacher and his wife, born 19 years later. Their lives eventually intertwine, and it is at that point that I couldn’t stop reading.
First of all, I knew
Khaled Hosseini makes you think about honor, love, happiness, endurance, sacrifice… makes you question your own allegiances, your own strength in facing hardship… makes you appreciate even more the comfortable American life you live, where you may not agree with the choices made by the government, but you aren’t punished for that disagreement. He makes you wish there was something you could do about the atrocities happening to human beings around the world… leaves you hoping for a better life for the Afghan people.