I spent much of yesterday evening finishing A Thousand Splendid Suns, a novel by Khaled Hosseini. I have had this book sitting around my house unread for more than a year. Maybe it is because Middle Eastern topics do not greatly interest me, or maybe because my hardback copy did not have an attractive cover. But I eventually picked it up and was glad for the excellent read.
The main plot of A Thousand Splendid Suns revolves around two women (Mariam and Laila) from Afghanistan and the hardships they encounter in life due to political strife, religion, and abusive men. The book takes place from 1965 to current time (it ends, I believe, in 2003), which made it all the more interesting. The comparison of lifestyles -- my life to theirs -- is so vastly different; it is hard not to be all the more grateful for the blessings I have been given.
Note: A Thousand Splendid Suns addresses some very serious topics, including child and spousal abuse, pregnancy/miscarriage, and death. I did not feel there was anything gratuitous about the author's handling of these subjects, though.
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Scripture of the Day: Ezekiel 11:19