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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
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Apr 23, 2009

really liked it
Read in April, 2009

I enjoyed reading this book. At the beginning it was quite boring like any other book, but after a few chapters I began to enjoy it and looked forward to reading it. Soon I was reading well beyond our assigned reading for English class and I finished the book well ahead of the required date. I did this as a sort of "investment": read a lot now, save time later (and not risk forgetting to read and failing quizzes...). But I definitely enjoyed it so it didn't really take any self discipline.

As for quality of writing and story, I would say it is an engaging overview of recent history in Afghanistan seen through the eyes of two suffering women. I liked this, but many people in my class did not. I think that the history is more interesting than the characters, though, so this was good.

I think the main reason to read this book is to see a depiction of Afghan history and society. Considering America is at war in Afghanistan, it is important for Americans to understand what Afghan society is like.

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