Thursday, September 27, 2007
A Thousand Splendid Suns
After reading The Kite Runner, there was no way i was going to miss reading khaled hosseini's second book.. but i was kinda apprehensive too. the kite runner was sooo good.. would this be able to match it?? well, i worried needlessly.. i thought the kite runner was as good..and in some ways, way better than the kite runner..
firstly, it was AS gripping as the kite runner was. i couldn't do anything else once i picked this book up. everything about the book completely held my attention from the beginning to the end..
The story line was awesome..i remember reading a few days ago, a review that said that this book was similar to the kite runner in many ways..that kinda put me off.. i didnt want to read the female version of kite runner.. i enjoyed the book..yes..but wasn't going to read another book just like it.. luckily for me, hosseini gave a completely new story.. i mean, if you wanted, you could pick out similarities between the two books but i don't really want to do that. this book is dear to me in its own special way.
One thing i am amazed about is his ability to write about women and their emotions and do a great job out of it. I usually am very skeptical about male authors who try to revolve their stories around female protagonists. They some home give them a very male attitude in life..but hosseini did a beautiful job of keeping his women women.
the story, in a typical Hosseini way, was entertaining and at the same time heart wrenching. I found myself laughing with them, crying with them, hoping and praying with them, practically living with them for the one day that i spent reading the book.
There's one thing i really like about both his books. He makes you think about the people from Afganisthan as people..just like you and me..people with emotions, thoughts and feelings.. not just victims of a war ravaged countries.. Individuals, not just a group of people. Set against the stormy political background, you get a perfect mix of the two - the reality about the situation in Afganisthan and at the same time, a fictional story that keeps you gripped from the first page to the last!
In the middle of the REALLY interesting story line, there is still no way you can turn a blind eye to the atrocities of the taliban rule. Pregnant women being turned away from a hospital because it was a hospital for men. so women, in their pregnant states had to travel to get to a hospital for women!! how crazy was that!!
well, as though tyranny was not enough on a national scale, we encounter a pig of a man, the villian of the story. His treatment of women is totally despicable and you can't help but feel sorry for the women who had to face his brutality. His narrow mindedness irritates you but it makes you face the fact that this is a reality..there are still a few people in this world who havent caught up with modernization...people who still believe strongly in traditional values..not just in Afganisthan but in many countries around the world.
Anyways, as expected, A Thousand Splendid Suns was a fabulous read.. can't wait for his next book!