A Thousand Splendid Suns: By Khaled Hosseini

Friday, April 29, 2011 Jo Hanniffy 0 Comments

The book is actually my hubby's book. As soon after he finished reading the book he recommended it to me. He confidently said: "I'm sure, you will like it".

A little note about my hubby :): Since we're together for many years, I feel my husband knows about me very well more than I know about myself --- he knows exactly what I dislike or like even I don't tell him about it!

The reason why he was very confident that I'd enjoy reading this book was because the story about polygamy in Islam. 

He knows very well how critical I am with this kind of thing issue; I didn't think it twice, I grabbed the book and read it.

The book is indeed raise my emotions.

Written by Khaled Hussaine, also widely known as the writer of  The Kite Runner books. The book has been filmed widely in cinemas over the world. 

After his success with The Kite Runner, which is I haven't read the book, but have once wacthed its movie, he retells a story how desperate Afghan woman who had her life punished by her own family as well as her husband.

I'm not going to review this book :). As I'm very interested in this book and just like my hubby did to me, I highly recommended you to read it :).

I have three points of view to share my thoughts about this brilliant book.

That a person's background is sometimes matter in life

There were two protagonist women on this book, but I'm more interested in discussing about Mariam. Mariam was the protagonist on this book She was an illegimate child. 

Her mother was a handmaiden in her biological father's house who was the most notability man in the city. Although Mariam was just a love child, her father loving her so much.

Because of her status as love child, her mother abandoned her life by telling Mariam that she would' have a normal life like other girls. She also told Mariam that her dad didn't actually love her.

I was kinda pissed off when I read the first chapter, which is about relationship between Mariam and her mother, but then felt better when Mariam's dad showed up with the most gentle and loving father in the world.

In fact of the spite Mariam's mother was right. 

In a real case, an illegimate child still has difficulty to find a normal life. Culture, religion and norm are the  reasons why this issue is still taboo in a society. The person who get the impacts of this taboo classic is so obvious: the child.

My anger was raising when Mariam's dad refused to meet her, but Mariam stubbornly waiting him until the next morning.

People change, but love can't change. So how can you explain if a husband say to his wife that he doesn't want her anymore? 

Is love just a fairy tail  that can lead everyone believes in 'eternity'? 

Just like what Mariam had once believed about her father? Unfortunately she couldn't change of what had happened to her mother.

I find a moral message after reading this book: Don't take one thing for granted and forget about another thing. 

Better to fight now for a happines later than surrendering for the rest of your life because remorse always comes at the end.

DBLN, 22.25-270411


Nice saying shows your character but that doesn't mean you can criticize. You can still do both in nice and polite way.

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