Author: Khaled Hosseini
My Rating: 4.5 | 5 Stars
Number of Pages: 402 Pages
Year of Publication: 2007
Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move people to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with startling heroism.
"Like a compass needle that points north, a man's accusing finger alawys finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam."-Nana
"...One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs
And the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls..."- Saib-e-Tabrizi , 17th Century
I loved how I expected the author to be female, but turned out to be male.
I love the Author so much, because it's hard to see men who are interested in the affairs and struggles of women, not to talk about writing about them, putting them down for all the world to see.
It's my first time reading a book set in Afghanistan and I was truly captivated. I applaud Mr Hosseini for this masterpiece and I look forward to reading more of his books.
I wept for Mariam's misfortune the most, it saddened me to think about how she was treated with little regard almost throughout the book. I cried my eyes out; felt so much pain for these characters who didn't exist and for the injustice they faced daily. But definitely I admired their unity.
My worst character was Rasheed. I absolutely resented him from the momemt I came across him in the book.
I really hope everyone on the face of this planet gets to read this novel, because it's an absolute genius.
Other books by the Author include:
The Kite Runner,
and the Mountains Echoed
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