From the first two lines on page one, the book by Khaled Hosseini captivates the readers. This wasn’t the kind of a book that I would’ve chosen for myself if I went to a bookstore (not a fan of history, wars etc), hence I got it as a gift from my wife to be, and it turned out to be one of the greatest books I’ve read. I’ll even go as far as to say, if I were to be stranded on an island with a single book, I’d choose this one.
The epic novel features two main characters, namely Laila and Mariam, who are tied together by fate in a strange relation, in which they both didn’t want to enter in the first place.
“Look at me Maryam.” Reluctantly, Maryam did. Nana said, “Learn this now and learn it well, my daughter: Like a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that,Maryam.”
I won’t provide the synopsis/summary of this book, because I just can’t. This book renders me speechless, and I go blank when I think what should I write in the summary because there isn’t a single word out there that’s unimportant. Tariq was my favorite, he made me weep in the middle of the night, he made me pull my hair and chide at my fiance what were his intentions in presenting me with this book, did he want me to go cray?
There are a few books which you’re Keen to finish, desperate to know what happens with the fictional characters that don’t seem like a mere fragment of author’s imagination anymore, and at the same time you don’t want the book to end, you want it to go on and on. In my humble opinion, A thousand splendid suns top the list of those books. The author beautifully wrote the story of a unique friendship with twists of gut-wrenching sorrow, love, and betrayal.
Afghanistan’s battle against the Intruders and then their own kind is mind-numbing to read. A thousand splendid suns left me on the edge of my chair, with tears sliding down my cheeks, wishing all ends well in this beautifully disastrous book. If you are to buy only one book in your life, this should be the one to lay your hands on (yes, I love it that much).
This is a must read for all those who love to read, all those with a heart that still beats. If I could rate this book more than five stars, I would’ve already.