Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

There was so much happening in Iran in the last two weeks which was not being fully told in the mass media, that I didn't get a chance to write about this powerful and captivating book by Khaled Hosseini. I purchased the book in the airport before flying to Sardinia two weeks ago. It turned out to be one of those books that you just can't put down when you start reading them. In fact when I got to the page where the little girl is being taken to the orphanage and yet shows so much grace in her darkest hour, my heart sank and I had to read the rest of the book to the very end there and then.

I met Khaled Hosseini at the US embassy in London during a screening of the Kite Runner. He seemed a very amiable and kind natured chap, and I hope through his books he can continue to alert the world attention to the terrible plight of Afghanistan and particularly how the Afghan women have suffered and continue to suffer from the male driven religious ignorance and tyranny.


Winston said...

And it is important that the Coalition Forces remain in Afghanistan to ensure that women and children of that war ravaged country have the chance to appreciate the life as they have never before. UK, Canada and US forces are there helping the very people this chap has written about. His books are very popular here as well.

Anonymous said...

it is a good book