Monday, December 3, 2007

A Thousand Splendid Suns

I just finished 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' by Khaled Hosseini. If you read 'The Kite Runner', and liked it, you will also like this book. If you loved 'The Kite Runner', like I did, you will also Love this book. Instead of a story of two boys, this is about two women in Afghanistan. It is such a powerful story, I honestly couldn't wait until there was a spare second that I could keep reading.

It is about two women living in Kabul and the events leading up to their meeting and then their lives together. It really is eye opening as to how wonderful living in a free country is and how great we really have it. This book really makes you empathize with people in Afghanistan and helps you understand that they have the same emotions, desires, and fears as we do.

I received 'The Kite Runner' as a gift last year, it took me about 8 months to actually start reading it. I don't know if it was prejudice or what, but I had never read anything set in the Middle East, and I just couldn't imagine myself liking it. But, believe me, it is time well spent. These books are not a series, so you don't have to read the first one to understand the second.

If you want a great read for over the Holidays, this is my recommendation. Just beware, you will need a box of tissues.


dishes and laundry said...

I've never heard of either of those books - but they sound like an excellent gift for my Mom for Christmas!! And then I could borrow them, of course. Thanks!

chris, jamie, dane, maggie and cooper said...

Sorry this isn't related to your post. Marisa, we are having a new year's eve party. Spencer and Dave will be in town and I'm trying to get hold of Kristi. Send me your email address at and I'll send you an invite.

chris, jamie, dane, maggie and cooper said...

Sorry, this isn't related to your post. Marisa, if you're in town for New Years Eve then you should come to our party. Send your email address to and I'll send you an invite.

m. said...

i can't believe after reading your recent chore post that you actually have time to start & finish books! i ended up getting harry potter 7 on c d i was taking so long! i am really am in awe. did megan tell you i started my own chore list after i read that post? you are so inspiring :)

Robyn said...

I am about half way through this book and I can't put it down! Kite Runner was the same way. I really like the way this author develops his characters-you have to find out what happens to them even if the violence is a little overwhelming.

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