Estimated read time: Less than a minute
I read Khaled Hosseini's first book, The Kite Runner. It was brilliant. Painful to read, and beautiful, and brilliant. His second book is better. Or maybe the subject matter just touches closer to my heart.
This is the story of two women born in Afghanistan. That, I am coming to understand, means by definition that they suffer. They suffered under the culture before the Soviets invaded. They suffered during the war. They suffered unspeakable horrors during the Taliban occupation, and they suffered after it. This is the thread of the novel and their lives - suffering. Brutal, humiliating, unimaginable suffering at the hands of everyone, most especially their husbands.
And yet you will see yourself in their otherwise very foreign lives because we as women and human beings love our children. We love each other's children. And our love for the children is greater than our hate for the abuse and cruelty and barbaric nature of the Taliban and any other misogynistic, sadistic culture that shares this globe with us.
I learned from this book and I enjoyed its bleak beauty. I recommend the new bestseller from the author of The Kite Runner - A Thousand Splendid Suns.