Wow, I haven't written one of these in a while! Let's catch up with a book that I think everyone in the world should read whether they feel like they want to or not ;)
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini doesn't get as much celebration as The Kite Runner, but of the two, A Thousand Splendid Suns is the one which made me weep. It's a brilliant (though heartbreaking) story of women, friendship and struggle in Afghanistan. Keep the tissues close.
What is it about?
A Thousand Splendid Suns
is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of
Afghanistan's last thirty years, from the Soviet invasion to the reign
of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding, that puts the violence, fear,
hope and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale
of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the
tragic sweep of war, where personal lives, the struggle to survive,
raise a family, find happiness, are inextricable from the history
playing out around them. [from Goodreads.com]
Why should you make time for it?
The book is moving, immersive and shocking in many ways. It's written extremely well and completely pulls you into the lives of the characters, almost to a point where you can't bear to be aligned with them any more. I won't lie, this book is not a happy tale, it's tragic on many levels but there are beautiful moments. It's the kind of book you should read in the way everyone should read Schindler's List...
You might like this if you like...
Feminism, current issues, emotional drama, culture
This book is similar to:
Again, I'm struggling to find similarities... It's not a genre I typically read so not much to compare to from my own experience.
Where can you get it?
Find it at Amazon or on Kindle.
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Books to make time for - Part 6
Emma is a designer living in Bristol, UK. A self-confessed stationery addict, book lover and TV sci-fi geek, she enjoys sketching zombie-eyed women and finding her next source of inspiration in the pages on the bookshelf.