Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A Thousand Splendid Suns

I was so thrilled when I finally saw the recent release of Khaled Hosseini's latest book A Thousand Splendid Suns. There is something inexplicitly fascinating to me in his writings.

When I read his first novel, The Kite Runner, I found myself not wanting to do anything else but stay connected to Mr. Hosseini's depicting imagines of the characters' life experience in Afghanistan and the United States.

Truly I felt I was living the exact experience the writer was describing on every single page. At certain moments I found I needed to remind myself to breath, and other moments finding my cheeks and the pages of the book filled with teardrops.

Currently, more than half way through A Thousand Splendid Suns, I find myself having all those same stimulating feelings as I did in The Kite Runner. Perhaps even more so because some of the main characters are of the lives of women. Being able to relate to some of their life's experiences and still pained by the atrocities committed by humans towards humans.


PH said...

"more than half way through A Thousand Splendid Suns"

Hence your silence :D

salaam and enjoy the book :).

Mixed Up Me said...
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Mixed Up Me said...

Actually I was going to say, "I can't believe you took time out to write." I hardly take time to breathe when I get a new Jodi Picoult book!!!

By the way, I love your blog . . . . I love that you write about so many different things. Unlike myself who only posts when I have some smart aleck thing to say!!!

(Preparing a post about Ryley's dogsitting misadventures, speaking of smart aleck)

Lebeeya said...

I need to get my hands on that book! Thanks for the review :)

MaySoon said...

You got me interested!! Thanks for sharing your experience :o)

ibeebarbie said...


@ PH, LOL You say the little one eyed blue guy I commented with in cbox, right? That's me now - a cyclops.

@ Mixed Up Me, Hmmmmm, do you think it was a bad thing that I let Amira drive the other day? I just couldn't put that book down. She didn't do too bad. She got her little step stool which helped her in some funny way to press the gas pedal and see over the steering wheel. :D

Can't wait to read about Ryley's misadventures. Believe me, M is just as addicted to your blog site as I am. :-)

@ Maysoon, thank you for stopping by. If you happen to get a chance and read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have been.

Fatima said...

Salam ibee,
Straight after my exams the first thing I did was start reading A Thousand Spledid Suns. It's a nice book, don't worry i wont give anything away and although i love the way Hosseini writes I feel as if this book is lacking in something... I don't left me with no emotion at the end of it, unlike the Kite Runner which was just amazing and I couldn't read another book after it for about 6 months because anything i picked up just seemed bland. But then I'mm comparing ATHousand Splendid Suns with the Kite Runner, which is an extremely hard act to follow! I honestly believe that any book that Hosseini writes will now and forever be in the shadow of The Kite Runner. :)

ibeebarbie said...

Walikoum Salam Fatima,

I do agree that The Kite Runner was a spectacular book, and has never left my mind since I first read it. Something so profoundly bewildering in the writings of Hosseini that even after all this time still linger in my mind. I will be anxious to see how I feel at the end of A Thousand Splendid Suns as I just got through a pretty riveting part---one of those parts where I remind myself to

I also recently finished Queen Noor, which took me a great deal of time to get through as there was so much (at least for me) historical information in it that I wasn't aware of, so found that extremely fascinating along with the personal side of her story.

I usually am reading a couple of books at the same time, but not with The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns. I suppose that's my measuring guide for how well I judge a book. If I can only read that one at the present time with no other side books, it's a good book. ;-)

What other books have your read that you truly enjoyed?

PH said...

"That's me now - a cyclops."

LooooL now i get it, I didn't get it when you first left that is the guy with the shades an indication that you've finished reading the book :p?

a_akak said...

Well, what can i say........ I am not big on books actually i have hardly finished any book in my life and i dont think that would change :) so if they ever turn it into a film then that would be good for me :)

Fe Aman Allah

ibeebarbie said...

Salam PH - my eyes are now bloodshot, but yes I'm finished. Excellent book.

Salam A_Akak, how did you get through school not reading a book, habibi? :-P