Friday, July 31, 2015

Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Hosseini's novel A Thousand Splendid Suns is a really good read. It is poignant and it captures a world that most of us living in Western countries cannot even imagine (unless you have been to the Middle East and seen it for yourself). It is one of those novels that changes your outlook on life, not in a bad way, but in the kind of way that makes one appreciate the freedoms that we are able to experience in the West.


This is not a feel-good book. It is gritty and to some it will seem, in parts, a little bit gruesome . This book is not for sensitive readers because it deal with topics such as war, arranged marriages and spousal abuse. There are also a few scenes that do allude to sex, but it is not descriptive in that department. There are also a few cuss words, but in the context of the novel it makes sense. But if these things do not bother you, this is a really good read.

A Thousand Splendid Suns made me feel a mix of emotions during the course of the novel. I laughed, I gasped and I cried. There were moments I was so mad at some of the injustices in the book I wanted to scream. This is not an easy read because it takes you on an emotional roller-coaster ride, very rarely are there happy moments in this book.

The novel is about two women who are almost twenty years apart in age. The first woman is Mariam who was forced to marry the abusive Rasheed by her father for several reasons which i don't want to state because I am afraid that it might spoil the first third of the book. 20 years later, due to tragic circumstances, Laila is also coerced into marrying Rasheed.

This is not just a novel about a relationship, it is novel that also depicts the various states of Afganhistan over the years and how every time it seemed like the new regime was good, that regime turned out to be even worse than the one before it.

It is also eye-opening to see how women are treated in most Middle Eastern contries and it makes me appreciative of being a woman who was born and raised in a country where I can get an education and I am not forced to get married as a young teenager. This book will change the way that you view the world, especially since it opens your eyes to some of the atrocities that took place in Afganhistan.

This book gets 4/5 stars for being moving, thought-provoking and eye-opening.

Happy Reading,

Janelle

P.S. If you have any book recommendations let me know and I will try to read them. 

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