I felt this book deserved a high rating as it was very well written and very informative. The only thing that could have made it better is that if at the end, women's lives would have been changed for the better. Some might consider it a book for women but I believe it is a book for everyone, be made aware of what happens around the world and how we need to try and help. We that live in the Western world don't really have a clue as to what goes on a lot of countries and this brings it to our attention.
I loved how the main women in the book learned to get along and to stand up for each other and eventually to really care for each other. It also showed how very hard life is for women in Afghanistan. While it is fiction, it is also reality.
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.
I love reading and watching old movies, especially film noirs. I am looking forward to sharing my love of books and old movies with others and perhaps find something new to dig into. I live in the San … more
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