Before, Afghanistan was a headline. Now it's a place I *care* about.
Mar 25, 2009
I have a hardback copy of this book because after admiring "Kite Runner" I couldn't wait for it to come out in paperback. Now I'm so glad to have the sturdier version because I want to go through it again with a pencil in hand and study how he did it. I couldn't put the thing down. Only twice before did I stay up all night because I couldn't put a book down. One was "The Shining" by Steven King when I was in high school. The other was one of the Harry Potter books -- I forget which one.
Khaled Hosseini has done humanity a great service. He takes us by the hand and shows us how to care deeply about a foreign culture in a foreign land. He strikes a universal chord.
Apart from this book I have no reason to care, but I can truly say now that I yearn for the day when Kabul will return to its former beauty.
Long before Mariam was capable of even understanding the concept, she knew she was a "harami" - illegitimate and unwanted. Her impoverished, embittered mother, rejected by the wealthy Afghani business man who had fathered Mariam, spirals downward from disgust and hatred through mental illness to an eventual suicide. She spits the cruel, pejorative label into Mariam's face at every opportunity. Her sole remaining purpose in life is to have Mariam join her in the crushing belief that there … more
Even better than The Kite Runner!! There exists in this book, a powerful importance behind each and every detail that realistically describes a nation of oppressed women. The traditions of the country in reference to women are described intensely through the life on one powerful person, in particular. An important read for all people!!
His first book, Kite Runner, told such a horrific story that I was afraid to read his second book but I'm so glad I finally did. Also a story of hard lives, but with so much grace stemming from the relationship between the two lead women. Memorable, authentic, satisfying. Highly recommended.
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