‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is great, but this one is even better! It is certainly fiction but you cannot help thinking, and feeling, that shattered lives of the characters could be the real stories of thousands of Afghan women and children. Hosseini brings their suffering, struggle, defeat and small personal victories right into your hands with impressive writing skills.

If the end could be said to be a bit optimistic I suppose it is because this is the story of a people who never lose hope. But throughout the book the tone is always right: never sentimental, never over the board, never depicting people as  good or bad but as human beings with all their flaws and qualities. You can approve or disapprove of their actions but he always gives you material to understand where they come from. Powerful reading.

Hosseini, K. (2004) A Thousand Splendid Suns. London: Bloomsbury.