I read Kite Runner and was very impressed with Khaled Hosseini. I was looking forward to reading this book as this was his second book and a best seller.
This is a story of Mariam and Laila who marry the same man against their wishes and circumstanes. This is set in the period where the Soviets left Afghanistan and the Taliban took over. It’s a great book and definitely read it if you like the non-fiction sort of stuff.
I was angry and upset by the end, reading about the the way women are treated by Talibans. There have been numerous instances at breakfast, lunch or even coffee conversations where I took my turn to criticise the government in this country. But seriously I am extremely thankful for the freedom and opportunities I have because of democracy.
Coming to the book, its well written and sometimes can get overbearing with the political scenario in Afganishtan. But otherwise a good though provoking book. The characters of Mariam and Laila the main protogonists are very well sketched. You can actually feel the emotions along with the characters. It’s a a different world altogether and one which I hope does not last for long.
Read it. I would rate it better than Kite Runner.