‘The Kite Runner’, the first book of Khaled Hosseini I have read, is a wonderful book about Western culture, the continuous war between religions and most importantly, the weakness of friendship. The story takes place in Kabul in the early 1970s and it has in the foreground the narrator, Amir and his closest friend Hassan, the son of Amir’s father’s servant. On the day of Kabul’s annual kite-fighting tournament, something terrible happens between the two boys, which will lead to touching and incredible moments in their lives. While reading this book, I cried, I argued with the characters and held my breath in tough occasions, this being the reason I love it wholeheartedly.
‘And the mountains echoed’ is the second book written by Khaled Hosseini that I have read and I can honestly declare that the author has won a place in my favourite authors list. The story is focused on the amazing relationship between two siblings, Abdullah and Pari, who were separated when they were little and on their quest to find each other. What I liked greatly about this book was the writing style: each chapter is narrated by a character apparently new, but about whom you later discover that he has a strong connection with the central characters. Intense, located in the Middle East that fascinates me, the book fully deserves to be recommended.
Oh, ‘A thousand splendid suns’ really made me angry and it surely consumed every bit of my soul! The story follows the life of Mariam, a young girl who was forced by her father’s family to marry an old and bitter man, Rasheed (how I hated him!) but also the life of Laila, a cheerful girl who lost her parents during the Afghan war. Their paths will meet and a great friendship will be born, so great that the girls will make any sacrifice for one another. Khaled Hosseini is an amazing writer and this book will remain in every piece of your soul.
Five interesting women, a journalist, the owner of the coffee shop, the wise old lady, the young victim and the fund raiser represent the center of the story, which takes place, obviously, in a small coffee shop in Kabul. Fighting with injustice crimes and unreasonable laws, these characters will learn that the world is not only black and white, that people are not only represented by their culture and religion and that, sometimes, the happy ending is not for all of us. It was an interesting and educative journey to Afghanistan, but I expected too much from this book.