"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.
"Insightful, harrowing and beautiful all in one"
Personally, I found the story tricky to get to grips with at the beginning. It didn't immediately hook me in, but I persevered and it was worth it. The story is captivating, the prose is beautiful, the characters feel real and the setting is harrowing.
The book gives an insight into a world so far away from my own experience, yet one which exists in the same age and on the same earth as mine. As a woman, I found this to be an important book; allowing a level of understanding as to what life might be like for women in Afghanistan.
I found the reader difficult to engage with at times. Her style felt quite flat in comparison to other books I have read. But I got used to it and by the end, I felt like her steadiness was appropriate for the context of this book.