If you have been keeping up with my blog, you would know how much I love Khaled Hosseini. I've already eaten my way through Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and And The Mountains Echoed, so I found myself staring A Thousand Splendid Suns at in the way of me being able to say I read every Khaled Hosseini book to date. The Kite Runner focuses on a single person and watches as they grow up and And The Mountains Echoed focuses on a family, while A Thousands Splendid Suns focuses on two women as they are forced to leave their past lives and marry Rasheed, a hateful man who beats them.
Laila and Mariam are two strong characters, who have their own past and their future woven together with their hatred for Rasheed. By the end of the 372 pages you feel attached to the characters as if they were your own friends. Laila and Mariam are both some of the realistic characters I’ve read this year. Both of whom have their own habits and mannerisms and are easily lovable, something you just can’t find in average books nowadays.
Hosseini’s ability to describe makes his world of Kabul and Afghanistan come to life, giving a clear illusion of what times might’ve been like back in Afghanistan during the Taliban reign, while also exploring into women's roles. Khaled explains what the difficulties of what it was like to be a woman in this time of history, while also telling a wonderful story.
Holy plot twist! There are a lot of twist and turns through the entire novel that make it even more memorable. Everything that happens is unexpected, but natural. The plot twist are throughout the entire novel till a few pages from the end. And being a Khaled Hosseini book there will be some tears shed.
I recommended this book to anybody who’s even slightly interested in reading this novel. You won’t be disappointed and most likely you will learn something from this novel.