Author: Khaled Hosseini
Best Part About This Book: Its message: a cry to arms against the mistreatment of women in Afghanistan, as well as a tribute to the resilience of Afghanistan’s people
What’s Missing: In Hosseini’s admirable ability to tell stories, sometimes the tale comes across as over-dramatic.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Despite the fact that I saw much of the twists of this book coming, I have to admit Hosseini has a gift. And that’s one reason he’s been on the bestseller lists since 2003, (besides the fact that his books about the wars in Afghanistan are timely).
Hosseini doesn’t shy away from wrenching and violent descriptions, such as headless torsos and being forced to munch rocks until molars fall out. Despite frequent deaths of main characters and many tragic and unavoidable situations, his books always have a message of hope: of the sacredness of life, and of the pitiable state of Afghanistan, his home country, whose potential and beauty are unimaginable, if only someone could come to its rescue.
The message of need for helping Afghani women in particular is moving. You will be brought to tears in this book. Disturbing images in Muslim-dominated cultures bring certain questions to light, especially the ubiquitous burqa and the purpose and respect of women in these cultures. Hosseini is a self-professed secular Muslim; his goal is not to decry the religion, but rather the over-the-top governments this religion sometimes engenders.