Carol M. (foodislove) - Reviews

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A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
Review Date: 5/27/2009
Helpful Score: 1

I thought this would be a sequel to The Kite Runner, but it is a completely independent story focusing on the plight of women in Afghanistan. The story begins immediately before the Soviet invasion and ends in modern times, with a note of hope and of foreboding.

The main characters are Mariam and Laila, about 15 years apart in age, both with loving fathers and crazy mothers. After enduring the trials of these women--forced marriages, forced covering, abuse, inability to get an education (except briefly under the Soviets), starvation, mortar fire, non-existent health care--I'd be crazy too.

A lovely but gritty story of a society caught in the crossfire.

Three Cups of Tea : One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations . . . One School at a Time
Review Date: 5/31/2009

I read Three Cups of Tea after A Thousand Splendid Suns. For a humanitarian book about the importance of educating girls, it has lots of manly adventures: climbing K2, negotiating with Taliban thugs and tribal kidnappers, navigating corruption and outright thievery. Something for everyone--it will change the way you think of the Muslim world.

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