Monday, October 3, 2011

On a lighter note, enjoy our recommended book of the week and a review by our blogger. 

After the major success of ‘The Kite-runner’ in 2003, acclaimed writer Khalid Hosseini has yet again written a beautiful story in continuation to his first book. Though prolonging a story and a repetition of the themes are known to bore a good reader, ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ is a 2007 novel which has a gripping storyline and keeps the reader interested and curious till the end.

A Thousand Splendid Suns gives its readers a brief knowledge about the life in Afghanistan and is written by a writer who left Afghanistan at a tender age. He has portrayed Afghanistan from his perspective and added an American touch to it. 

Though it’s a fictional book, the story is about two women Mariam and Laila growing in a war-torn country [Afghanistan], how they are victims to child-marriages and carrying illegitimate children during their journey in hopes of finding love and a reason to live. But sadly, one has a bad ending in this fictional book while the other manages to free herself from the life of a male-dominated society who believes in women being just child-bearers. She enters a country [Pakistan] where she is respected for being a woman and finally unites with the love of her life.

Hosseini has successfully managed to build a bridge between the readers and the characters where one can relate themselves to the story and react upon the emotional moments, through the use of extremely descriptive words and a page-turning storyline.

Review by Mary Joy