I grew up with stories and these stories shaped my life - the ones I read and the ones I wrote. Stories still continue to inspire my life. Here are my thoughts on reading, writing, and life.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
My #1 Favorite Book - A Thousand Splendid Suns
This book has now launched into the #1 slot of all-time favorite book for me, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. The most powerful book I've ever read and I highly recommend reading this book (for an adult audience). The magic is in the words, in the author's ability to transport us to a world rife with struggle and survival. It's a combination of beautiful writing, an amazing story, no holds-barred storytelling, and history of a country torn apart by war - gripping, wrenching, and honest. This is the kind of book that can change people, and a piece of me is changed because of it.
From the book jacket, here's what the story is about:
"A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan's last thirty years - from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding - that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives - the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness - are inextricable from the history playing out around them."
To learn more about Khaled Hosseini, you can visit his website at: website. He also has a foundation,The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan to help alleviate suffering and build healthy communities. You can visit the foundation's facebook page at: facebook.
And for those who have read or plan to read either A Thousand Splendid Suns or The Kite Runner, you can help raise money by posting a picture of you reading either book. Click here for more details: Riverhead Books