This is a book that every adult needs to read. It is not written in that dense and, in my opinion, unreadable, academic style, but I think that this aThis is a book that every adult needs to read. It is not written in that dense and, in my opinion, unreadable, academic style, but I think that this adds to its readability and does not alienate potential readers. In other words it is accessible for most adults and it contains relevant information concerning current [and alarming] trends relating to pornographic depictions. For example, even the average song is no longer safe from overt sexualisation in video format.
Each section within the book contains thought provoking essays from writers from a variety of professions, however the first person accounts [a wife discovering her husband's porn stash, a former stripper and a child abuse survivor] are moving, alarming and evoke discussions that will no doubt raise additional questions and are proof that all is not well in the pornographic realm. A dimension that does not really have the best interests of users [or actors/participants] in mind.
**spoiler alert** Minette Walters is a consistent author who takes the time to explore the psyche of her characters. All of her books engage the reade**spoiler alert** Minette Walters is a consistent author who takes the time to explore the psyche of her characters. All of her books engage the reader on many levels. Walters doesn't restrict herself to the gruesome acts, she explores the environments, societies and personalities that influence human actions.
What begins as a weird murder scene, involving a medieval device on an elderly woman's head, becomes an exploration of human dysfunction and dysfunctional families, reeling the reader in.
It's no small wonder that Walters is one of the best mystery writers in the world....more
Oliver Sacks weaves intricate and illuminating stories about remarkable people who transcend their neurological conditions. Sacks' meeting with a fellOliver Sacks weaves intricate and illuminating stories about remarkable people who transcend their neurological conditions. Sacks' meeting with a fellow neurologist with Tourette's Sydrome is engaging, intriguing and educational. The female autistic engineer is another interesting tale that explores the successes of a female against great odds.
What makes Sack's a remarkable doctor is his curiosity to explore cultures, and people in a personal manner. He celebrates their triumphs and empathizes with their difficulties. Every book that Sacks writes contains insight, knowledge, and can only expand a reader's knowledge, and appreciate the differences around them.
**spoiler alert** The story focuses on two women from different backgrounds, and how their lives merge in Afghanistan, after they become neighbors. Ma**spoiler alert** The story focuses on two women from different backgrounds, and how their lives merge in Afghanistan, after they become neighbors. Mariam is an 'illegitimate' child, produced outside of marriage, who lives in near poverty, and hungers for her father's recognition, and familial acknowledgement, and Laila comes from a middle-class family in Kabul. Their lives coincide after tragedy; Mariam –as the outcast – is married off to Rasheed, a man decades older than she, after the suicide of her mother, at the 'request' or preference of her father's three wives, and after the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, life changes. Laila's parents decide to relocate, after the loss of two sons in the rebel war, and this is cut in the middle, during a bombing that kills Laila's parents. Mariam, and her husband, tend to Laila's injuries, and as the sole survivor, Laila is left with nothing. Laila's life is altered, and paralleling this, is her love for her childhood friend Tariq and her secret pregnancy. Deceit steps in, in the form of Rasheed, who seeks to fulfill his masculine duty of producing a son. Laila becomes Rasheed's second wife, and what begins as rivalry between her and Mariam, develops into a close friendship; both console each other, and support each other through the passage of time, that also sees the entry of the Taliban, and its oppressive rule.
This novel documents Afghanistan's trials, and how oppressive regimes stall progress for citizens, especially women. Mariam and Laila are two women who battle on, despite the Taliban, and what this regime means for them: the obliteration of human rights, disregard to female-kind (in so many ways, that it reminded me of the short story 'The Screwfly Solution', in relation to the contempt religious extremism has for women).
A Thousand Splendid Suns is Hosseini's second novel, following The Kite Runner, but its construction, characterization and plot is something that one sees in a veteran novelist's career. This is the type of novel that wins Nobel prizes. There is no doubt: Hosseini is a future Nobel Laureate. ...more