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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
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Aug 10, 2008

really liked it

The main character of this book is the city of Kabul. The rest of the characters serve to underscore the changes wrought on Kabul over the last couple decades. This isn't a criticism, though, as Hosseini does a brilliant job of bringing Kabul to life through the eyes of the two primary female characters, Maryam and Laila. The women aren't just props, either, but living and dynamic. I'll break from tradition and say this is better written than the Kite Runner. His plotting was uneven in his first book; here it flows smoothly, it works better. It's a painful book, it brings to light terrible suffering that you know must be happening right now, to real people -- but it's not a tragedy. Even if Hosseini only wrote this to try and get the West to pay a little more attention to his beleaguered country, that's OK: it's such a good book he can get away with that. It doesn't come across as preachy or didactic; it comes across as a story, well-written.
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