A Thousand Splendid Suns

Monday Night Book Discussions
(written by Khaled Hosseini)
Salina Public Library
Salina, KS
© Lydia Lowe  8/12/2013

        Forget all that you know or think you know about the people and their life in Afghanistan during the past 33 years in this war torn country.  Once you read this book, your eyes will be opened.

     This is the story of Miriam and Laila; Jalil, Tariq, and Rasheed.  While the customs may be somewhat different than we are use to in the United States, that is where the differences end.  People are people the world over and all people share basic beliefs, needs, wants, and desires.  Everyone wants to feel safe in their homes and country; they require shelter and food; they long for a peaceful life among their families and community; being connected to a place that you call home is important; and in the end-we all live, fight, and die to protect those that we love, and ultimately, when the time comes-those with character rise to the top and take responsibility for their actions, and those whose character is lacking, it’s either to little to late or not at all.  It’s also a story of how people in our life, circle around and keep coming back to us.

     I think that this book will shake up all the preconceived notions that you may have about Afghanistan and it’s people, about the war in general and about our place in that war.  This book is a real eye opener and will stay with you long after you have finished reading it and closed the book.  There is something for all types of readers, whether you are male or female, you’ll enjoy this fast paced, easy to read book.  There is never a dull moment.  You’ll keep reading late into the night.

     I can’t wait the read the author’s other book: The Kite Runner.

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