sábado, 23 de abril de 2016

Book Review | A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a thousand times splendid. I never got to read The Kite Runner, but this book already made me a fan of Khaled Hosseini, even though it's hard to read his knowing words about the lives of women in Afghanistan, especially the lives of the two main characters in the book.

All the cruelty depicted in the story is haunting because it exemplifies horrors we can only imagine. War and religion and poverty create a subplot that only makes suffering dense, transpiring from the pages.

One finds himself admiring the two women, one quietly, patiently enduring, the other intelligently revolutionary in her own way, and their strength together. One finds himself doubting they're only fictional, hoping they're really not because such women are needed in places like Afghanistan and all over the world.

It's hard not to be moved by A Thousand Splendid Suns. Sometimes it's hard to fight back the tears. It's hard not to think, "What are they doing to these human beings? Why is all this allowed?!"

The book is beautiful, it is. But more importantly, it raises awareness and makes readers think about more than just what's broadcasted on the news about Afghanistan. It reminds us there are people living there.



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