A Thousand Splendid Suns

I finished reading Khaled Hosseini's "A Thousand Splendid Suns" yesterday. The writer is popular for his first book "The Kite Runner", which has been recently made into a movie by the same name.

Like The Kite Runner, the story of A Thousand Splendid Suns is also based in Afghanistan - the period from 1980s to the present.The story traces the life of two women - Mariam and Laila - their trials and tribulations as the country also undergoes changes.

More than the story, the book gives insights into Afghanistan as it was in 80s to what it is today. The author does not take any sides, but depicts things as it is - men having multiple wifes, the purdah system, women education, life under various rulers.

One cannot help but get moved by the plight of ladies in the country as seen through the lives of the protagonists.

This novel lacks the originality and the impact of The Kite Runner. But it is still a worthy read.

A note of caution: this is not for the faint hearted.