This review is from: A Thousand Splendid Suns (Paperback)
Having read The Kite Runner I was eager to read more by this author and I was not disappointed. The novel centres around two females living in war torn Arghanistan. This book is harrowing in places and deals with violence and the general treatment of women in this country. This is also a good historical read and deals with the subject of what happened behind the constant war and unrest in the country.
Both female characters are well written and you find yourself relating to both in different ways. The first character Miriam appears strong at the beginning of the novel. However, as this progresses with the constant abuse she receives her character changes which can only be expected. I have to say at the end I feel she goes back to being the strong character she started out as. The second character in the book Laila is in complete contrast to Miriam and helps the novel progress at an exciting speed.
As well as the historical nature of this book there are also the thriller style twist, turns and completely unexpected events. I also liked the description of how the women felt when wearing a Burka which gives your plenty to think about.
I find it hard to say I enjoyed this book with the lifestyle that it describes but what I will say is it is a very good read and I will be reading more by this author soon.