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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
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Nov 05, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: cultural-awareness, fiction, others-favorites, wanna-buys, currently-reading
Recommended to Fenixbird by: Atishay Mittal & Lindsey
Recommended for: Tolerant people (an eye opener of cultural norms)

Highly recommended! 5 chapters in and I need a breather (plus a box of Kleenex)...ooooh sooo sad...

(Soldier) Lindsey's recommendation of a "Pulitzer- prize winning worthy" author [Abbrev. theme: 30 years in Afghan.." As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice..."]

This book is written beautifully but portrays a lifestyle that makes one remember why we have human (civil) rights movements. It is heart-breaking to read this book. It is the story of Mariam, the illegitimate daughter of Nana + Jalil.

'Mariam loved having visitors at the kolba. The village arbab & his gifts, Bibi jo & her aching hip & endless gossiping, & of course Mullah Faizullah. But there was no one, no one, that Mariam longed to see more than Jalil. The anxiety set in on Tuesday nights. Mariam would sleep poorly, fretting that some business entanglement would prevent Jalil from coming on Thursday, that she would have to wait a whole other week to see him. On Wednesdays she paced outside around the kolba, tossed chicken feed absentmindedly into the chicken coop...Finally, on Thursdays, all she could do was sit against a wall, eyes glued to the stream, and wait. If Jalil was running late, a terrible dread filled her bit by bit. Her knees would weaken, and she would have to go somewhere and lie down."

"Then Nana would call, "And there he is, your father. In all his glory." Mariam would leap to her feet when she spotted him hopping stones across the stream, all smiles and hearty waves..."

PART 3 opens with the story of childhood friends, Tariq & Laila, arriving at Murree" "...They married that day they arrived in Murree. Saheed...would not have to broach with Tariq the delicate matter of an unmarried couple living in his hotel....Laila looked at their reflection, at faces that had aged beyond their years, at the pouches and lines and sags that now marked their once-scrubbed, youthful faces....That night they lay in bed as husband and wife, as the children snored beneath them in sleeping cots....Laila remembered...when they were younger, the haywire, brisk flow of their speech, always interrupting each other, tugging each other's collar to emphasize a point, the quickness to laugh, the eagerness to delight. So much had happened since those childhood days... That night, it was blessing enough to be beside him..."
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