Venue: Arcadia Bar
Date: Sunday, 15th July 2012
Time: 5pm - 7pm
Discussed: A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
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.
Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heartwrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love -- a stunning accomplishment.
A Thousand Splendid Suns
The opening comments usually give a good sense of how people felt overall about the novel, before we get into the nitty gritty, and this is then summed up again at the end when we all mark the book out of ten. I have to be honest and say my feelings can change drastically between those two points! Is it just me, or can a good discussion turn everything on its head?
Again, huge thanks to Isobel - @CULTURELeeds
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