Friday, January 2, 2009

And The Sun Shone Brightly...

I confess. Yesterday when I needed to be cleaning up for our New Year's Day party, I kept sneaking into my office to read just a few more pages of A Thousand Splendid Suns. By doing this off and on over the course of hours, I managed to get half way through the book before our guests arrived, and I still had a decent home to invite them into.

Although I was tempted to sneak a few pages in during the party, I enjoyed our company so much, I was able to sweep the temptation aside. Until they left. And then I began to devour a book that absolutely stole my heart.

If you haven't read Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns, or his first international bestseller, The Kite Runner, you should put these on the top of your "To Read" list for 2009. For me, they were my daughter's world cultures textbook brought to life as I read about life in Afghanistan before, during, and after occupation of Russian and Taliban forces.

I fear that many Americans take for granted the wonderful opportunities and freedoms we enjoy. These two books are eye-openers. Although fiction, Hosseini bases many of the characters and events in the stories on real people and events that have transpired in that war-ravaged country.
I hope you'll let his masterful writing send you on a powerful journey into the hearts of Afghanistan and its people. You can also visit Hosseini's Web site, which includes videos of him discussing the books and his work to improve lives of Afghani men, women, and children.


miruspeg said...

Unfortunately I haven't read either of these books.....I am SO FAR behind in my reading.
You made me smile when I read how you wanted to 'sneak a few pages in during the party'....our naughty subconscious always tempting us to misbehave!
Thanks for putting another 2 books of my reading list Roban! Looks like I will have to take another holiday so I can catch up on my reading!
Take care

Jen said...

I love A Thousand Splendid Suns! I read The Kite Runner as well and also adored it...but A Thousand Splendid Suns was fabulous. I can completely understand why you were tempted to sneak away to read a few more pages!

Hmmm...I was just complaining that I didn't have a new book in the house. maybe it is time to reread a great one!

Mummy McTavish said...

Oh to have a chance to read again! I love to read and would devour a book in a day when I was able... I think I have read a book a year since my first was born:( perhaps I should devote blogging time to reading real books... nah.

Thanks for popping by to comment.

avtcoach said...

I have seen The Kite Runner movie, but know the book is so much better. I will add the second to my list. I am glad to know you enjoyed it equally. What else is on your reading list?

Caroline said...

I have seen them and considered buying... I will put these on my list! BTW, love your words for 2009!