“A Thousand Splendid Suns” is a wonderful novel by Khaled Hosseini.
This is not a book review post, but I thought I should mention about this book in my blog just for the sake of influence it has had on me.
My daughter recommended this book to me. I would not have just gone ahead and selected some exotic novel after reading the back cover, anyway. When she suggested that it is indeed good reading, I decided to take a chance and read through.
It took four days of intermittent reading to finish the novel. The story is about Afghanistan and the impact of the cruel wars on the lives of two women (Mariam and Laila). For more than 3 decades, Afghanistan has been on the throes of war, first inflicted by Soviet Russia, then internecine non-stop wars among various factions led by warlords, and then the American invasion. The war has not ended, and continues to wreak havoc on the lives of ordinary citizens. Afghanistan is really a miserable nation, destroyed by continuous war.
However, what remains indestructible is the human spirit. Love and affection for others. An appreciation of the love by the recipient. An ongoing struggle for normal life, irrespective of the destruction going on all around. An indomitable spirit and will of the human being to survive against all odds.
Especially for people of other countries, this book is a learning experience, one which conveys in unmistakable language the power of human love, coming from a deeply disturbed country. People continue to suffer in Afghanistan and this novel is a telling story of their sufferings, it is unbelievable for normal people from other countries, but it is true.
I would strongly recommend that you read this novel and get the reality of the war-torn Afghanistan, which lies not far from India. It has had an amazing impact on me, and I am sure it will do the same to you. I would like to commend Mr Hosseini for crafting and delivering such a powerful story.
I look forward to reading his other novel(s).
29th May 2011