The characters all have their particular appeal, and their individual heartbreak. Mr. Hosseini always tells the brutal reality, but in a personal way that makes it possible to get your head around it. If only, if only, if only their circumstances were not so difficult, these people would be able to find their true voice in the world without so much unhappiness. They are good people. I think that is what holds me through the gritty parts--I feel there the author believes that people are good inside, even if their actions sometimes seem unconscionable.
The writing is beautiful. The characters feel real, especially when given voice by the three separate narrative voices and their accents. My book group read the book and since I had listened I knew the correct pronunciation of names and places. I felt it gave a complete, immersive feel to my experience of the novel. The mesmerizing lilt and roll of English from Aghani men and women, even if it is not the Afghan language itself, took me to their world. It was perfect in combination with the fluid prose.
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