Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Story about lives of two afghan women, who are living through soviet occupation and later under Taliban rule. One, Mariam, is a bastard of a wealthy man, who didn't get any formal training. After her mother's death she is married off to much older man. Another, Laila, younger one, is a daughter of former teachers. When they die in a bombing, she is also forced to be married to the same man. The two women form a tight friendship, which last through some very hard times. But for most of their lives, if there is something that can go wrong, it will.

The is very moving and sad book, but I might be called a cynic, but at times (well, at most times) the events and the storyline seemed to be calculated to give maximum emotional impact even at cost of character development or believability. Somehow the characters didn’t really grab me. This was a fast read, pretty good read, but it really was not one of the most enjoyable reads I have had (on many levels).

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