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A Thousand Splendid Suns

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A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini

As amazing and awesome as the title of the book is, the story does reflect the splendid suns shining brightly across Afghanistan and unto readers' hearts too with it's inspiring plots, dynamic characters and also many valuable lessons worth learning from the eyes of desperate and isolated people of the world.


A Thousand Splendid Suns features yet another Khaled Hosseini's spectacular masterpiece. On e could not simply put the book down as the whole plot line was written so beautifully that it bounds the readers to their seats. Again with Afghanistan as a troubled setting where all the woes and wonders are dreamed and loathed by not just the characters in the book but people still living in unknown condition, struggling to keep things alive and live as other prosperous human being would have. 


One of the central theme of this book is about a woman's journey in a country where women are not given much opportunity to live and thrive due to narrow religious and cultural interpretation of the community. Her journey throughout her life is an excellent example of how most women in the troubled areas across the continent are experiencing. Being oppressed, at times humiliated and disowned just because they are considered to be weak and insignificant to the community except for her ability to bore a child.  

The Kite Runner

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The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

One of Khaled Hosseini's most celebrated books (which has been made into a movie). I enjoyed flipping through pages of the adventure and the excitement of the characters with the disturbing setting of pre, while and post Afghan wars making more sense that life is not only valuable but also beautiful in many ways.


To be honest, I don't think whatever I wrote here might be of any justice to such great masterpiece. The intricate details of day to day sufferings in Afghanistan, how the main character struggles to reconcile with his past, present and future, how the wars have made people into desperate beings clinging onto any form of support they can and many others. The plot was so wonderfully written as if Hosseini's is telling about his own troubling past and the journey he has to go through to become who he is now.


Another point that can be brought home reading this book is, the significance of a kite flown over the sky of Kabul reflects not only the desire to be free of all hardships and difficulties but also resembles the need to feel the wind gushing through one's kite to soar even higher than the rest.


Also, the runner, who was considered as an outcast, was a symbolic figure who reflects the many minorities living among 'normal' people and the difficult journey they have to endure just to be accepted, embraced and acknowledged by others in the community. In fact, without the runner, this story will not have any substantial values that could inspire and aspire millions who have read it. To me, the runner is actually the main contentious point of the story. We can even do without the main character, but not of him.