A Thousand Splendid Suns is an unforgettable tale of war plagued country, Afghanistan, and a family which is fighting for their survival. It is heart-warming to see cohesive bond of friendship, which is far stronger than blood relationship. However, it is a bit disconcerting to see the breach of ‘Women Rights’. In it persistent struggle, sincerity and love triumphs over all the hardships or atrocities of living in a war torn country alongwith those afflicted by a narrow minded, scornful husband.
I got to know and then later read this book after hearing praise about the writer, Khaled Husseini, and his latest work A Thousand Splendid Suns. He has portrayed the scenario acutely and comprehensively. Furthermore, the author shows how men, more esteemed creatures than women in some societies, have moulded the principles to their incentive.
Now telling slightly about the tale which is about two women, Mariam and Laila. The former is introduced first and afterwards the latter. Mariam is very young when she is forced to marry an aged man, Rasheed. He is stern and often ruthless to her. For almost two decades rebels were fighting for control in Afghanistan and in this era of chaos and anarchy finally Taliban came into power. In this state of unrest Laila has to leave her home and join Mariam in her unhappy household. The tale then goes on depicting how the two women become source of strength for each other. Encountering the difficulties such as brutality, starvation and fear, Mariam and Laila accomplished serenity and happiness for themselves. Their steadfastness or endurance is checked beyond conceivability. Indeed, love and strive finally overcomes devastation.
I would recommend you to read it as a source of inspiration. Don’t make your mind about religion out of it because it is quite the opposite. While I was reading this book my emphasis was on disparity, cruelty and anarchy. Candidly, it brings hatred, confusion and massacre. If not all then most of the things that Rasheed did were out of illiteracy and self-contentment.
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