Saturday, June 13, 2009


“I know you’re still young, but I want you to understand and learn this now, he said. Marriage can wait, education cannot. You’re a very, very bright girl. Truly, you are. You can be anything you want, Laila. I know this about you. And I also know that when this war is over, Afghanistan is going to need you as much as its men, maybe even more. Because a society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated, Laila. No chance.”

I believe that is the resonating message that this current read of mine will ever leave readers. A book which will bring you into the lives of the women of Afghanistan. The lives behind these women’s burqas in the second novel of Khaled Hosseini entitled “A Thousand Splendid Suns”. I know a lot us have seen them in our televisions, on the news, women of Afghanistan hidden away in their blue burqas. Wondering what is hidden behind the veil. This book will unveil the stories, of two women; Mariam and Laila, intertwined together by faith, by love, by war, and by family. Where Afghan culture will bring you into a different world. Where the bombs of Soviets, cries of Mujahidin, and the brutal law of Taliban shape their lives together. This is an epic tale of two struggling women, trying to live in this hostile world, hoping for the day to come when peace and love will once again conquer not only their lives but the lives of all Afghan people. A MUST READ!!

I would like to thank Yan Gabor, one of my blog readers, for recommending this novel to me. I have heard about this novel but I waited for the other “books-in-lining” to be read before I held and read it. I have read the first novel of Khaled Hosseini, and just like “The Kite Runner”, this novel will bring you to tears. Khaled has that special talent not a lot of modern authors these days have, he writes so that readers themselves will be part of the story. Reading this book brought me to cringe with pain, boil with anger, rush with anticipation, and weep with joy. I got so immersed in the story that I did not noticed that I was already half way into the book already. More than that the book brings so much hope to everyone and a better understanding of the plight of people under cross fire and of the thousands of refugees today.

This book is OUTSTANDING!

I sing my praises once more to Khaled, a refugee from his home land, Afghanistan, Khaled will give readers the full spectrum of the effects of war to a nation. How someone like his main characters Mariam and Laila have to endure pain just to feel lasting freedom.

I give this book a FIVE OUT OF FIVE RATING.

“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,
Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”

By: Saib-e-Tabrizi for Kabul, Afghanistan
From: Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini


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