I'll admit, I'm your typical American guy and had no idea about the culture and turmoil details in Afghanistan. This book not only weaves a wonderful tale of hardships, but educates the reader about Afghans and their country. The author's self loathing is a bit much at times, but overall a very good listen. I enjoyed this book far more than the "A Thousand Splendid Suns"; which, honestly, I didn't like at all.
What a great story teller! I found it informative, entertaining, emotional, heartbreaking, and thought provoking. I cannot say which I preferred--The Kite Runner or A Thousand Spendid Suns--both engrossing tales.
Initialy, I didn't want this book but it was highly rated and I figured I'd give it a try. WOW.
It's now one of my top 5 favorite books. BEAUTIFULLY written.
Please, read this book.
Broad historical strokes and modern conflict give this compelling story both depth and breadth. The Afghan culture is given to us through the experience of boys and their fathers, and in the context of conquest, strife, and human weakness. There is tenderness and frailty here as well as undeserved loyalty and grace. As the author says, there's no happy ending here, but perhaps a hope. Something that seems more and more rare in this starkly beautiful and fiercely proud country.
I loved this book because it exposed me to another world. Cultural information was woven into a wonderful story of two boys growing up together in Afghanistan. That is how the story started. Then, the author took me on a wonderful journey of life, full of emotion and suspense. I was drawn into novel because Hosseini is a wonderful author. I cannot wait to read more of his works.
I've listen to a book a week for the past six years. Mostly medical and crime thrillers. Jeffrey Deaver, Patricia Cornwell, etc. I decided to take a break and read something completely different. I wasn't dissapointed. This book is rich in its characters and history.
The author does a superb job in reading this book.
It's a must read.
The author is the perfect person to read this book. It has a since of honesty about it that seems to translate a small part of the Afgan plight for the very western mind through a well written story. And again, I really appreciated this author's naration.