Monday, February 7, 2011

A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini

This was a brilliantly crafted novel about Afghanistan from the Soviet invasion through the Taliban takeover through the points of view of two very different women. Reading their stories made me grateful to live in a society where women have most of the same liberties as men. I appreciated the insight this story gave me into the worlds of women so different from me. We need stories like this to remind us of how precious basic civil liberties are for all people, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, in order for the pursuit of happiness to be possible.

I highly recommend this book and put it up there among my favorites. I recently read it a second time.


  1. As a woman reading this story it provokes interest and deep compassion for the characters. I would give the book 4 stars out of 5 but because the book focuses a little too much on relationship and love and the male readers might be bored because they cannot relate to the story as a women can.

  2. Good point, UK. I wonder who the intended audience was and if male readers would agree with you.

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