"Over-rated and poorly read"
I think this book is very over-rated. It certainly makes you very, very aware, painfully aware of the horrors of life in Afghanistan, for women particularly, but so much of the novel dwells on the trivia of day to day exitance. It reads like an airport novel for much of its length.
Everything is dictated by events and chracter analysis is minimal. We do not explore the characters in any depth, but see only the events which happen to them.
The final quarter of the book is very moving however.
My wife tells me I'm wrong - so was I perhaps turned off by the flat, characterless reading of Atossa Leoni with her stange hesitancies which broke up phrases and destroyed sense. Such an amateur reading style.
I loved The Kite Runner, but this novel is, surprisingly, even better. Hosseini is a gifted author and I found myself listening intently to every word. Beautifully read and highly recommended.
"Loved this Book"
This is a fantastic book loved the readers voice made the book even better.
"Loved this book"
I really loved this book, as I did the kite runner, it gives an bit of insight into the plight of some of the people in Afghanistan and is beautifully written.
"For love of Afghanistan"
I never thought those words could go together, 'love' and 'Afghanistan'. My sketchy knowledge from newspapers and images from television led me to want to look the other way, to know no more about a cruel, harsh environment that could only breed violence. The Kite Runner gave me some knowledge, a little more empathy; A Thousand Splendid Suns has drawn me in, as if Afghanistan is in some small way part of my own emotional life. I've hoped and despaired, feared and rejoiced, sometimes all at the same time, with Hosseini's Afghan women, and shared in their love for one another and for the children.
The continuing tragedy of Afghanistan has acquired another dimension for me, I can't look away.
"Wonderful Story, Dull Narration"
The story was wonderful, very poetic and thoroughly enjoyable. However, I really didn't like the narration. She was really dull, characterless and monotonous and because I am British, the American accent was too annoying for me and difficult to follow.
Never the less, I would still recommend.
An excellent example of life of most women in Afghanistan, was hooked on this from beginning till the end.
The author has shown amazing insight into life, love, betrayal and personal sacrifice of the everyday Afghan in this book.
"A Thousand Splendid Suns, a Must Read"
This is perhaps one of the most profound works of contemporary fiction I have come across. On a par with Snowflower and the Secret Fan, and Half of a Yellow Sun, the story of two women in war torn Afghanistan is both beautiful and tragic. The book also gives a great insight in to the lives of Muslim women and how the Taliban's rule affected the lives of ordinary people.It made me realise what our soldiers are fighting for still today in Afghanistan. Although the narrator sometimes reads without feeling, her pronounciation and delicate tone brings the characters to life. I would urge you to read the unabridged version, as the extended detail is what gives Hoseini's writing it's beauty. A prize winner for sure!
This hooked me in and had me boiling with rage and tearful in equal amounts - loved it.
"Read this book"
This was a moving tale of reality in Afghanistan in my lifetime which is so shocking. How has my generation allowed these events to carry on where one half of the population ie women are treated as chattels by men. How strong the women come out of this story but in reality the lives of the protagonists are but tokens of the millions of women who have and are living miserable beaten and battered lives. And the good and honourable men of Afghanistan who are also forced into inhuman ways of living and killing. The country seems to have been perpetually under one mad and ruthless regime after another where human love and kindness and wonderment at our beautiful world is downtrodden and put aside for war after war after war. I take my hat off to the Afghanistanie people who have survived and carried on despite all that has happened to them and their beautiful country. I urge everyone to read this book as it is so enlightening