A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
I really love Khaled Hosseini’s work. I really feel that he transports me to Afghanistan, to the everyday life of people of differing circumstances. True in “The Kite Runner,” this is also true in “A Thousand Splendid Suns.”
“A Thousand Splendid Suns,” if you’ve not yet read it, is the story of two women from two different family background who find themselves thrown together against an increasingly oppressive and abusive husband and country.
I did enjoy this book greatly, an enjoyment that was heightened by the narrator of the audiobook. It was so great going to my bookclub and being the only one who had any idea how to pronounce everyone’s name. That being said, I was never as invested with either Laila or Mariam (the main characters) as I was with Amir, the protaganist of “The Kite Runner.” I know a lot of other women feel the opposite way, perhaps because they are simply better able to relate to female characters, but I think my identification with them was hindered by the way they had to share billing for the story. Don’t get me wrong: I liked them, I empathized with them, I sometimes feared for them or grieved with them, but they just didn’t feel quite as real to me as Amir.
That being said, “A Thousand Splendid Suns” was a fantastic book and I love all of the background it gave me for Afghanistan’s recent history.