There are a certain books which provoke your emotions and leave you with a storm that you deal with the rest of your life. They say that there are a few stories you read never leave you, this story is surely one of them..
It doesn’t seem fair to read about little girls going through so much in their life, with no fault of their own. What we don’t realise is that there are thousands of girls in the world, who go through so much we never hear or get to know about.
Mariam has all her life struggled to feel loved and wanted. She loved her father dearly but never realised why her mother didn’t like her affection for her father. It is only later when she realises what her mother has went through she understands, but she loses her mother too. Mariam is not someone who would ever lose hope, you can see it in the way she lives. The journey she goes through makes her stronger but never bitter. When her husband re-marries, a beautiful blue eyed girl, Laila, she doesn’t hate her, but these two ladies develop a mother-daughter relationship somehow. Both Mariam and Laila have been through a lot in their life, while Mariam doesn’t get the perfect ending, Laila surely does. Khaled Hosseini has managed to write a love story in such a tragic background as well, you cannot feel anything but satisfaction for the characters. No, this isn’t a love story, but doesn’t mean that the book has no love in it at all.
When you read the character sketch of Mariam, you know she doesn’t looks beautiful, but eventually you know that she as a person is very beautiful. The description of the country and its situation tears you apart, but the war couldn’t tear Laila and Tariq forever.
I always have a hard time choosing between ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’, but I have now slowly given up one selecting a favourite. I don’t think it’s fair to the characters.
I have a part of all the characters and I always will. Khaled Hosseini, you surely have managed to touch million hearts with your books, forever grateful.