Thursday, October 2, 2008

Powerful Reading

I just finished the book our book group is reading this month,  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.  I am in awe by what these women go through in Afghanistan and Pakistan!  I had read Hosseini's The Kite Runner a few years ago and thought it was powerful.  

It's the story of two women who learn to survive with insurmountable odds.

My friend Charlotte had told me that it was one of her favorites that she had read and that she had enjoyed this one even more than Kite Runner, so I was intrigued.  And she was right! 

I think being a woman, I sympathized with them more.  We should all be thankful of the rights and freedoms we have in our homes, communities and country. Dogs were probably treated better than some of these women.  The strength in these women made them beautiful and made me ashamed of so many of the privileges that we take for granted here.

Next Thursday is book group and I know we will have a great discussion.  Laila, Miriam, Tariq, Jalil and Rasheed are names that I will not forget for a long time and the stories they bring to mind.


Mandy said...

I need to read this book as well as Kite Runner. Hey, did you already read Suite Francaise? How was it? When I was still flying for DAL, I would always pick it up at the bookstores and end up putting it down...let me know what you thought. I'm sure N'vegas is rockin with Vandy's win over Auburn!

Cindy Shapton said...

This book and the characters stuck with me for a long time after reading it...just reading your review and talking with Jodie (she is still reading it)
brings it all back again - I appreciated the redemptive qualities. I still need to read 'Kite Runner'