In comparison to Hosseini's "The Kite Runner" which has an incredible emotional richness, this book was a bit dry and one-directional; the characters were described in daily chores and less by their unspoken thoughts.
Be prepared for the prevailing theme of physical and emotional suffering of women living in the world where war, violence, and men rule with iron fists.
How much more do I appreciate my life, education, and equality.
Enticing story telling, captivating narration, interesting topics, often fascinating way of looking at common statistics available for all to grasp. So this is how the world works?!
Although colorful and interestingly detailed, many sections of this book went on and on with lists of animals in the zoo, plants growing around, or people passing through the character's house. At times it was like a high school reunion of Polish citizens...names, titles, birthplaces... not interested! Also, the reader's accent for all the main characters - way over the top; unnecessary. I felt obligated to finish this book and fast forwarded on several occasions.
This audio is not only one of the best books I ever heard, but also best I ever read! Beautifully written, funny, touching. Its greatness is in the ease of memories of the past, feelings and thoughts of the present... all flying into the protagonist's mind... There is always a light suspense, hint of what may/or not come. Great narration speed and tone add much color to this unforgettable story about a country many of us int the West do not know about.
I highly recommend it to all who are far away from home but who keep the homeland close to their heart - you will relate that much more.
I wished I skipped through the middle part with descriptions of countless characters, their thoughts, pointless dialogs ...which I found not necessary to convey the the story.
The richness of this story, particularly its visualization of characters, cities, or landscapes through the sense of smell was fantastic. The narrator's interpretation of each character was greatly helpful in following the story and its time lines. I could see, feel, and SMELL the places he spoke of, the people he met...I was there. And the fact that my own nose sensitivity is a big part of my worldly experiences, this is the perfect book - seeing through your nose!
Although I felt that occasionally it got too graphic and disturbing, read on...the ending is well worth it!
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