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Thursday, October 25, 2012



I might be a little too late in reading 'A Thousand splendid suns' but thank God i am never too late. What a wonderment,this book is ! I did like Khaled Hosseini's previous one,the Kite Runner and did see the glimpses of it in this novel too(like background of afghan war,orphanage,the illegitimate child and the returning of people that had escaped their war-stricken land) but i must say that all of it has been surpassed in this one.

I was moved to the bones. One reason might be because it's a tale of two women,and i could connect well with it(as many of the lot would be able to) and left me amazed at the thought that somewhere around the globe,on this very earth,women my age or even younger are made to endure all this. All through the book i had this uneasy feeling,queasy sensation smeared with guilt that i am doing nothing for them except the single act of reading about them and sympathising with them. Felt cowardly and non-deserving. 

Every now and then i had to close the book and keep it aside,catch some air,ponder over what i had read,and start again. Reading made me feel as im prying on the lives of mariam and laila,the two protagonists of the story. But i am grateful to the author for having interlacing the two tales so intricately and marvelously. Wish to read many more like these..

3 comments:

the.orchestra.of.life said...

I liked the 'Kite Runner' more than 'A Thousand Splendid Suns'.
Like I usually tell my friends, in his first book, Hosseini wanted to "tell" and the second he wanted to "sell".
Still both books are great and highly recommended !! :)

Jack said...

Mandeep,

I have got back to reading again. You have enticed me to lay my hands on this one.

Take care

Dr Mandeep Khanuja said...

@the orchestra actually i could relate much more to the female protegees of his second book. i know what its to feel like to fear wen we get married. to want some thing so basic as care of our husband and then can imagine the pain if i dont have it ! actually every woman in this world cud see a part of herself or her insecurities somewhere in 'a thousand splendid suns'
@jack plz do read this.

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