great book. another gem from this author. love learning about afghanistan and the conflicts in this way. heroines lovely.... but for me not as great as the kite runner.
"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.
"Stick with it its truely inspiring"
The plot really opens your eyes up into how hard life can be in the Middle East. I was very impressed with the authors vivid descriptions. Completely recommend this book.
"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
"Heartbreaking work of genius"
Brilliant novel; searingly painful but a compelling read. I had to adapt to the curious vocal phrasing of the narrator which put me off at first but the story powered through. Read it and you will be angered, saddened and humbled.
"Hard to get into but hugely rewarding"
Boy do you grow to care for the central characters, and for Afghanistan. The pronunciation of names will live on long in my memory.
The graphic description of Sharia law (as implemented by the Taliban) and its impact on women is so educational.
I feel hugely emotionally and factually enriched by this book.
"A thousand splendid suns"
This book has been a gripping read from start to finish.It makes a pleasant change to have a book that says it as it is.
finished in two days. incredible. Wonderful insight into Afghanistans history and how things have transpired. Beautiful characters
"Best book Ive read in 10 years!"
Thoroughly good story, embedded with culture. Had to turn speed down slightely to appreciate fully, but read brilliantly.
My second Audible book - and LOVED it. Have already downloaded The Kite Runner! :)
It makes you think about different cultures and events.
A very special book, full of emotions.