Finding a book written by an Afghani (is that the correct spelling?) author was surprisingly (at least to me, anyway) easy. I’d seen A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini in Waterstones quite a few times & had even previously picked it up with the intention of buying it, but never did. Seeing that the Author was from Afghanistan made me decide that this would be my first book in my global reading challenge. A few strokes of the keyboard later it was purchased from Amazon & winging it’s way to my flat.
From Amazon: “Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism.”
Reading A Thousand Splendid Suns was a pleasure. I sailed through it in no time at all & loved it. Miriam is one of those characters in a book that you just know exists all too frequently in real life. What chance did she stand, coming from the parentage she did, in the Afghanistan of her childhood? Not much of a chance, really. The writing in the book is surpurb & while the ending is somewhat “Americanised”, it didn’t ruin the book. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone & look forward to reading the Kite Runner (by the same author), which is sitting in my desk at work!