Monday, April 18, 2011

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Publication date: May 22, 2007 (Penguin Group)

Imagine being a woman in Afghanistan who was allowed the freedom of going to school, helping your husband support the household financially, and being able to hold the same jobs men were allowed to hold. Now imagine that the next day those freedoms were stripped; women were supposed to cover everything save for their eyes when in public, they weren’t allowed to be out without a male relative or their husband, and they were supposed to stay home with the children.

These aren’t the only issues addressed by Hosseini in his book, A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Using his characters of Mariam and Laila, Hosseini shows the trials and obstacles that stand in the ways of modern Afghanistan women. He shows the injustice done to women not only in Afghanistan, but in many places around the world. With the depiction of abuse and political injustice, Hosseini draws the reader in with his words that show the endurance of the two young, fictional women.

The main issue addressed in the book is the subject of abuse. There are many scenes depicting the injuries and the moment of the incident itself; it adds another layer to the depth of the book.

This book isn’t just one that makes one think it’s just another book with a problem, climax, and resolution; this book makes one actually think about the injustices being done to women everywhere.

(4.5 out of 5)


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