Book Show & Tell #1: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

 

Summary: Taking place in Afghanistan from the early 1960s to the 2000s, this book follows the stories of two Afghan women, Mariam and Laila, who though born in different circumstances and separate generations, eventually find themselves married to the same cruel man, Rasheed. The two could not be more different, with Mariam had been raised in a shack, with no real father, strict rules about what her role as a women was in society, and a lack of any real education, and Laila, who was born to a mother and father that loved her, let her be equal to her male peers, and raised her to be a successful, intelligent woman. With the tragedy of the Taliban take-over, however, both women find themselves scared, married to an abusive man, and looking for a way to escape the oppression both find themselves growing tired of.

Review: I loved this book so much. It is probably one of the most eye-opening fiction books I have ever read, tackling issues such as abuse, oppression, religious freedom, and more, I found myself unable to put it down, as Khaled Hosseini did a good job keeping the action going and the story interesting. It is a fantastic Contemporary read, and I was honestly very surprised how much I enjoyed it. I actually chose to read this book out of a recommendation from a teacher, and was very pleasantly surprised from the very first page. I think this is a book that anyone could enjoy, and is definitely something that people should read if they are interested in learning more about Afghanistan and world history as a whole.

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