A Thousand Splendid Suns

An interesting fortnight ends. It started with the end of a vacation, a hugely entertaining college strike and ends with the onset of another, shorter vacation. But I enjoyed this fortnight because I read three brilliant novels back to back. The Namesake, The God of Small Things and A Thousand Splendid Suns.
A Thousand Splendid Suns deserves a review. It's a beautiful tale, as radiant as the title suggests. I was aware of the valor of the Afghans, but took it for the guns and violent bravery associated with a war ridden country. But this book shatters all notions and brings out the silent, enduring valor of the Afghans. And all along you have this eerie feeling that the characters in the tale exist all over Afghanistan.
The simple and plain Mariam is a character you rarely come across. She is so ordinary like one of us and yet, at the end of the story, it's Mariam who continues to haunt your memories.
I'm left with one regret. I do not know farsi or pashtun and I cannot admire the poetry and the title in its original flavor.
Thank You Mr. Khaled Hosseini.


Richa said...

I am through The Afghan by fredrick forsyth and i love the plot, if u recommend, ill get the one in question over here too.. n regarding tht farsi thing, make full use of this boon called internet my friend!!

Mahul Bhattacharya said...

I need one clarification Richa.
I thought Fredrick Forsyth wrote exclusively suspense and related stuff coz I've been through 'The Jackal' only.

If that is the case, then this book is certainly very different. However, I would still recommend this. And I'm looking forward to laying my hands on 'The Afghan'.

And far as learning Farsi goes, I regret that I was born too lazy to use the resources at my disposal :-).