Thursday, 20 June 2013
Good Summer Read
For my ISU novel I read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, the same author as The Kite Runner. Like the book we read in class, A Thousand Splendid Suns is about life for civilians in Afghanistan as they continuously are oppressed by corrupted leaders and governments. If you liked The Kite Runner, you’ll defiantly enjoy this novel as it is similar but focuses more on a different way of life than in the previous book, as Hosseini changes up the viewpoint of the main character. In The Kite Runner the main character was a wealthy boy who moves to America when Afghanistan is invaded by Russia. The main character in A Thousand Splendid Suns is an underprivileged girl who stays in Afghanistan as they are bombarded by leadership changes, territory wars, drought and famine. This is interesting because throughout this course we have been trying to learn to look at situations with multiple perspectives. By reading both books I was able to see views from both sides of a lot of circumstances, like wealth and gender. If you want to learn more about the hardships going on in Afghanistan during the last 20 years and want a girl’s perspective on these issues, this novel is defiantly one you should read.