A Thousand Splendid Suns
Khaled Hosseini is an author that appeals to me because of his admirable qualities as an author. He is renowned for his work Kite Runner which I read for the first Independent reading assignment. The intriguing tales of Hassan and Amir left me wanting more and more. The tumultuous lives of two Afghan women are narrated in such a way that has an impact on the reader because of its organization and structure; Hosseini planned this novel out perfectly. Khaled Hosseini uses his writing skills in A Thousand Splendid Suns to make this novel notoriety for its universality and vitality.
Novels concerning the safety of the Afghan citizens really interest me. Due to obvious reasons in todays current events, we are caught up in the evils of the Middle East not knowing exactly what they might be going through. Granted, there are numerous Afghans that should be punished for their wrong doings on America, but with a novel like A Thousand Splendid Suns we feel pity for those not provoking our troubles. Mariam and Laila are simply two women dealing with the harsh pressures encompassing her in her very own homeland. One thing that this novel is credited for is its surreal atmosphere; we cannot relate to the hardships these strong women face. The universal problem that is brought up time and time again is the dangers of a country like Afghanistan. Just because these women are Afghan does not imply they are for the Taliban. With the perils of the Taliban on the rise, the women must keep adjusting a new lifestyle to fit the needs of their family life. The characters are so real, but I have trouble putting their lives into a reality. However, this is certainly not Hosseinis fault; our nation is the one to blame. The vitality of this book is certainly worth being noted. I can honestly say this novel has in fact changed my perspective on the Middle East as a whole, not just Afghanistan. Although this book deals with the unfortunate events the women face, it is such a beautiful piece. Hosseini makes the women look like heroes: they deal with their problems independently with all their might. How can someone who has so little have the confidence to defeat whatever comes their way? Khaled Hosseini deserves all the fame for writing a novel such as A Thousand Splendid Suns. He is not writing for the fame and money, he is writing for a bigger purpose: save our innocent minds.
Hosseini created a work of art. His novels need to find their way into all high school curriculums. There is no reason for this novel to be kept a secret. A novel like A Thousand Splendid Suns is guaranteed to change anyones perspective on the issues concerning the Middle East.