I hope you don't mind that I chose two books for this months Book club. I get so excited about sharing great reads and it was so hard to chose just one.
I'm going to review just one on this post and the other on another post.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Set in Afghanistan it follows the life a young girl, Mariam through her difficult childhood as an illegitimate child and then into her adulthood and arranged marriage. It starts off powerfully with the emotional abuse she suffers from her mother and the rejection from her biological father.
This all takes place in a country ravaged by war, communism and Taliban Law. Just this history alone was an eye opener for me, to read about life in a country where rockets fall regularly and death is all around and loss and heartache is such an everyday occurence.
During Mariam's story, a young girl, Laila, is introduced and her story is woven into Mariam's. It tells of Laila's close relationship with her family and her best friend and then the devastating events that lead to her life being inextricably entwined into Mariam's. And out of it an unexpected friendship is born.
As a woman it is a powerful story of love and friendship, of heartache and sacrifice. I felt for both the main characters and wanted so much for them to be victorious, I found it so hard to read of their failed escape and their fate at the hands of their bitter, horrible, violent husband.
Another part of this story that touched me was when Laila must leave her daughter at an orphange so she can be fed. Unimaginable as a mother, but I could kind of understand. Lets hope Id never have to face something like that.
It is heart breaking and unimaginable to read of the life of women in Afghanistan during 30 years of a violent history where women are treated as a man's 'property' and live in fear and hardship.
I have cried so many tears reading this book. I really commend Khaled Hosseini for writing such a powerful novel about the reality of life as a woman in Afghanistan but also exploring women's friendships and love through this.
A Thousand Splendid Suns is on the top of my list of book recommendations! I hope you have the chance to read it too.
I'll be back to review The Book Thief on another day, another of my favourites.
The beautiful Renette from South African Kiwis is hosting next months Book Club and her novel of choice is Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel.
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Mrs Readalots Book Linky - August