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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
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Oct 27, 2007

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Read in September, 2007

As a fan of stories about women and oppression, this book did not disappoint. Hosseini seamlessly weaves the lives of two women, Mariam and Laila, among the torment, violence and soul-crushing daily life over 30 + years in Kabul. These two women seek to find humanity, self worth and and a voice beyond the chador. Enduring failures as a wife, mother and daughter, each wages a quiet revolution inside that utltimately explodes against traiterous neighbors, a vile husband and a dismissive family.

Hosseini's insight into the plight of Afghani women is remarkable. He tackles these women's issues of sexuality, politicism, self-worth and justice with ease and avoids the easy turn of phrase. He is an unlcuttered storyteller and this book reads with the elegance of a well-done translation.
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