I cannot say enough about how gifted Khaled Hosseini is. We live in a world where most of us are satisfyingly sheltered from the poverty, injustice, inhumane treatment and devastation that others endure. It is a toss-up which book I liked better: Kite Runner or Suns... but if you have read Kite Runner I would say that A Thousand Splendid Suns is a must-read. If you haven't read Kite Runner, do so and then move on to Suns. The narrator does a fabulous job speaking in both languages and drawing you into the Afghanistan world. I love books that stimulate me, educate me and move me. I await Mr. Hosseini's next novel anxiously.
Thank you for another view of the conflict in Afganistan. It was riviting. I'll be looking for another to continue to expand my understanding of the conflict.
This is the first time I have felt that I wanted to write a review of a book. The writing was so compelling. I'm not sure if I would have liked this book as well if I had read it myself because of all the difficult names and words, but the woman who read the book was fabulous.
This book will haunt you. While you aren't listening you will be thinking about the characters. When you are listening you will be greedy with each minute and hate when the book ends. It is just a special book, that blooms inside you as the characters come alive. Different from Hossein's first book, told through the eyes of women. I may just have to listen to it again.
I read the Kite Runner and was blown away by the insight into Afghanistan culture and the day to day lives of people on the other side of the world. Really, their lives aren't so different from ours, they have the same dreams and hopes as we do, and they fear and abhor war and tyranny just as we do. This second novel extends that insight by showing us Afghanistan from two women's perspectives as their lives intertwine with the people and world around them, and as they survive regime after regime of terror, in their own home and in their country. The narrator was terrible though, her voice was monotone, and her story telling seemed forced at best. That's really my only complaint.
The subject matter is disturbing as is any about the oppression of humans. I found it hard to understand the abrupt end in one woman's story until reading further about their interconnected lives. This author writes beautifully. The reader was excellent also. In audio books, the reader is almost as important as the author.