Muslims have created many stereotypes throughout the world due to past events and the way Muslims are portrayed through the media. My choice of a fiction novel is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini the thing that drew me up to it at first was the fact that it had a lot of culture mixed into the book itself.
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If you have not read this book yet, I think you should give it a try. The experience is very likely to be eye-opening and maybe even life-changing. Shelves: It's apparently becoming something of a tradition for me to trash books that are not only widely loved and praised, but were specifically recommended to me by friends.
Forgive me, Rose. Fo It's apparently becoming something of a tradition for me to trash books that are not only widely loved and praised, but were specifically recommended to me by friends. Forster, in "Aspects of the Novel," talks about books having round characters and flat characters, with round ones being more like people you'd encounter in the real world, and flat ones being more of caricatures used to move a book's story along. The only character in "Splendid Suns" who approaches roundness, and he's a relatively minor character, is Mariam's father, Jalil.
Everyone else is either a villain without any positive traits Rasheed or a hero who can do almost no wrong Laila, Tariq, Mullah Faizullah. Even when Hosseini is depicting a child who has every right to behave badly given his circumstances Zalmai , he can't help but depict the child as almost evil. The New York Times review of "Splendid Suns" said Hosseini "creates characters who have the simplicity and primary-colored emotions of people in a fairy tale or fable. I'd say Hosseini may not be able to create three-dimensional characters.
To impart the history, Hosseini goes back and forth between giving the history through third-person narration, in Wikipedia-like prose, and putting it in his characers' mouths via dialogue -- dialogue often spoken to people who would already know the history. As a result, you sometimes get characters saying things like, "As you know, the Taliban forces men to grow their beards long and women to wear burkas.
But it usually feels incredibly superficial, especially when the words being used aren't foreign concepts, but rather basic words -- "brother," "sister" and the like. Hosseini and his editors also seem to forget about the trope, and cut back on the use of the foreign words in the book's later chapters. I wish they had done the same throughout the book. Mariam's initial hate for and jealousy of Laila never feels remotely justified, especially given how awful her husband Rasheed is anyhow, and their coming together later feels rushed and unrealistic.
Even after they form a friendship, they never seem to grow quite close enough to fully explain why Laila misses Mariam so much towards the novel's conclusion. Hosseini fails to lay the groundwork needed to justify Laila's emotions in the novel's last chapters. Don't get me wrong, I understand Afghanistan wasn't exactly Disneyland over the past few decades, but I think there were more lighthearted moments in the Book of Job than in "Splendid Suns.
Reading "Splendid Suns," I kept thinking of that old workplace poster: "The beatings will continue until morale improves. It seems he has plenty of fans. View all 84 comments. I have never cried while reading a book,like I Did while reading this one! It is the story of poor, uneducated women who have to endure the hardships of life The horrors and terrors that a lot of women have gone through during certain period in Afghanistan, the war torn country ,and the narration through the lives of two women Mariam and Laila..
Going through All kinds of Physical abuse of hitting, kicking and slapping ,brutal beating ,etc…. Struggling the cruel extremely sadistic Rasheed, And s I have never cried while reading a book,like I Did while reading this one! Struggling the cruel extremely sadistic Rasheed, And suffering all kinds of violence and subjected to his shifting mood and volatile temper. Witnessing the ugliness of war, the fate of loved ones, grieving for lost lives.
And sadly this is not exclusive to Afghan society only it is happening in many other countries The unhappy, abusive marriages, oppressive governments and repressive Cultural mores.. It finds its echo in varying forms, in differing degrees, through the different time periods, across the world.
The end of the novel give some hope in its last scene after all the violent accidents ,with Laila's pregnancy, Kabul rebuilding, and a loving family reunion. Marriage can wait, education cannot. And I also know that when this war is over Afghanistan is going to need you as much as its men maybe even more. Because a society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated.
No chance. In this critical age when personalities are shaped And what they learn will stay with them. And protecting them from falling in the hands of those who would mould them to absorb hatred ,violence and intolerance.
View all 60 comments. Shelves: thank-god-i-wasn-t-born-there , intense-sad-dark-or-bleak , mideastwomen , maybe-it-s-me. To my editor: Khaled here. Could I make the characters any less complex? Do you think I included enough graphic violent scenes, or should I add another ten or so? Are my characters stereotypical enough? Any ideas? With hopes for another bestseller, Khaled View all comments.
Oct 18, Henry Avila rated it really liked it. This novel is about two wonderful, brave , intelligent and resolute women Mariam and Laila their optimistic dreams, aspirations, boundless love The occasional visits by him were the highlight of Mariam's young life, a devoted daughter with an uncaring father, bitter Nana's endless recriminations against him, made for an appalling situation.
At 15 the girl can no longer remain and flees to Jalil, who she loves above everyone nevertheless he refuses to see, taken back Married off to a shoemaker in Kabul the capital, a big man almost thirty years older, Rasheed with a propensity to put women in their place, his wife must dress properly outside, walk behind, talk to him only when asked a virtual slave in the home, her main duty is to give him sons The ignorant hypercritical husband, is always angry beatings and scoldings become common Laila, background is very different than Mariam, from another generation, born and raised in Kabul, the bright student to loving parents, the father a former teacher, bookish, timid and small, dismissed by the communist government, an emotional domineering mother with bouts of ennui The war comes to the capital after the Russians leave, warlords struggle for power, starvation widespread, horrendous crimes committed in the open, shelling obliterated much of the city and the people, thousands perished Soon alone in trouble, Laila has to marry Rasheed It will be like before, the evil commences An outstanding book about two remarkable women, who endure It is his second, following his bestselling debut, The Kite Runner.
Mariam is an illegitimate child, and suffers from both the stigma surrounding her birth along with the abuse she faces throughout her marriage. Laila, born a generation later, is comparatively privileged during her youth until their lives intersect and she is also forced to accept a marriage proposal A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns is a novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini.
Laila, born a generation later, is comparatively privileged during her youth until their lives intersect and she is also forced to accept a marriage proposal from Rasheed, Mariam's husband. View all 9 comments. A book that gnaws at your heart and spits out the pieces with glee. You are not ready, you are not prepared. You refuse to face the reality of a world where Rasheeds and Jalils exist instead of being torn apart and thrown to the dogs.
Words are cheap when it comes to this novel. Every literary remark is void and pretentious. A Christian Science Perspective. Monitor Movie Guide. Monitor Daily. Photos of the Week. A few years later, war reaches Kabul and bombs fall on the city regularly. By now, Tariq and Laila are teenagers and in love. As Tariq tells Laila that he and his family are fleeing to Pakistan, the couples makes love for the first time, quickly and passionately.
A few days later, Laila's parents decide to leave Afghanistan as well, but as they are packing a rocket hits their house, killing Laila's parents and wounding her. Enemies at first, they grow to love each other like mother and daughter.
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