If you’ve read my ‘about me’ page, you’ll know that this book is my favourite! I’d been meaning to read this ever since I studied Khalid Hosseini’s ‘The Kite Runner’ for A Level English but I never got the chance until I’d finished my studies at University. I’d already really enjoyed reading ‘The Kite Runner’ but I thought that this book was even better!
Hosseini offers an insight into the lives of Afghan people and the different complications faced by men and women alike. This text predominantly focuses upon a female journey within Afghanistan, exploring issues of restrictive traditional beliefs paired with growing modernity in larger cities. This runs alongside the numerous conflicts that have ravaged the country. There are lots of different traditions, beliefs and ways of living that are explored within the text, highlighting issues faced by different types of women (and men).
The text follows the journey of two female characters who have both been bought up in different ways and therefore have different demeanours. However, as their paths cross, the text becomes one that highlights female companionship and solidarity. Throughout the story there were times when I had goosebumps just reading about some of the events that (although fictional in the text) women within Afghanistan would have experienced.
From beginning to end the story is absolutely heartbreaking, but I think it’s important that it is as it highlights the real life horrors that have occurred, this is what makes the story all the more powerful. I definitely recommend this book and I know a lot of people who have also read it would say the same.