A Thousand Splendid Suns

It's time for another review, this time about a book: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (in Swedish the title is "Tusen strålande solar")

The book covers the last 30 years of Afghan history and involves two generations of women, Mariam and Laila, and their lives in Kabul. Together, and separate, the suffer through war and family difficulties. The book is very powerful, some parts happy others so horrifying it brought tears to my eyes. It's amazing how a male author can write so well from a female perspective. 

Most of the time I couldn't put the book down, I just wanted to continue reading so instead of "just" reading chapter or two in the evening before going to bed I read countless and always had to force myself to put the book down and go to sleep.

Both this book, and his first novel the Kite Runner (in Swedish: "Flyga drake"), are truly eye opening and allows an outsider to better understand Afghan culture and customs. The world have heard so much about this country on the news but this book lets you see another side of the country through its people. 

You can read more about Khaled Hosseini at his website: http://khaledhosseini.com/

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