Genre: Historical Fiction
“Like an art lover running out of a burning museum, she would grab whatever she could- a look, a whisper, a moan- to salvage from perishing, to preserve. But time is the most unforgiving of fires and she couldn’t in the end save it all.”
– Khalid Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns
This quote holds so much weight and meaning and has become one of my all time favourites.
Hosseini did it again. This book left me wondering if there would ever a time that I won’t cry reading Khaled Hosseini’s books, and the answer is NO. I know I might be hurrying while saying this and its just the beginning of the year but I think this is going to be the best book I read this year. Its devastatingly beautiful and heartbreaking. I remember feeling numb for three exact days after completing the book and my mind needed time to process before I could review it. I know a week is a long time but I didn’t want to go wrong and have so much to say about it.
‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ is Hosseini’s second book I read, ‘The Kite Runner’ was the first and I read it only last year and fell in love with the book and the author and in a second i knew I wanted to read this author more. The book is about Mariam, whose strength inspires me and Laila, whose courage is admirable.
Mariam and Laila are two women who are suppressed, their rights violated, their dignity kept at stake, who suffered domestic violence but also two women who did not give up and that I think portrays the strength they carry. Their struggles and sufferings are enormous but their strength is extraordinary.
Another thing of which I was although aware of but is talked about more extensively in the novel is the situations in Afghanistan; the conditions of women, their suppression and how over bearing patriarchy and toxic masculinity makes their lives worse than hell, the war and its consequences and most importantly all the hatred which makes the novel all the more tragic. It also made me grateful for being born in a free country (questionable tho’ but comparatively free).
Sharing some of my favourite quotes from the book:
” Nor she was old enough nor to appreciate the injustice, to see that it is the creators of the harami who are culpable, not the harami, whose only sin is being born.”
“Like a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always.”
“But Laila knew that her future was no match for her brother’s past. They had overshadowed her in life. They would obliterate her in death.”
“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, or the thousand Splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”
The book has all the elements to make you cry, to make you think, to inspire you need to make you believe in hope and love (or maybe the idea of love) all over again.