Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan born American novelist who wrote three best-selling books – Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And The Mountains Echoed. When I read his books I realized that Khaled Hosseini has a deep understanding of human emotions and relationships which is reflected in his writing.
“A Thousand Splendid Suns” took me to the middle of Afghanistan and threw me in the turmoil that Afghanistan went through for thirty years. Khaled Hosseini left no stones unturned to describe how women were oppressed by the men who were supposed to be their protectors. But this book is not about how women were treated nor about the ongoing war. It is about the beautiful relationship that formed between two women who were supposed to be hostile towards each other. Mariam and Laila were born in two different generation but shared the same husband. Although Mariam resented Laila but later they became each other’s saviors. Mistreated and abused, Mariam and Laila found solace in each other. And that’s where the beauty of the book lies.
Most of the books only talk about lovers or blood relations but this book dealt with a much more difficult relationship which could not be termed in words. Mariam & Laila were sisters sometimes and sometimes mother and daughter but what bound them together was their love for each other. It is not a romantic novel but it has shown love in a manner that expresses love in a more complex yet better way than any romance novel could. Love in any form even as a memory is the key to survive any harshness that the world puts on us.
This book made me feel angry and disgusted at the world and yet those two women brought happiness and hope, a happiness in the midst of immense sorrow. A happiness that I never thought could be possible in such a situation but Khaled Hosseini showed me that the heart had mysterious ways to find hope of survival.
I would give this book a 5/5 rating and would recommend it to the readers, so that, they themselves could experience the emotions that I have experienced through Hosseini’s writing.
Paul Burke is a lesser known novelist and a better known copywriter & screen writer. Before becoming an author, Paul Burke wrote some of Britain’s best-loved TV commercials, including campaigns for Barclaycard, PG Tips, Volkswagen and Budweiser. He is best known for his book – Father Frank and The Man who Fell in Love with his Wife is his third novel.
“From the moment Father Frank Dempsey’s covetous gaze fell upon Sarah Marshall, he knew that his vow of celibacy was on a life-support machine. Once it became clear that his love was reciprocated, an invisible doctor had come in, coughed politely and switched it off.”
Seldom does a book leave an aftertaste so addictive, it leaves you craving for more. The sequel to “Father Frank” however does that and manages to live up to the glory of its prequel. The Man who Fell in Love with his Wife does an incredible job of giving a fitting end to Father Frank and Sarah Marshall’s love story. A Catholic priest’s celibacy vows end the day he meets his true love. They get married. Life after marriage isn’t as easy as it seems with Frank having to struggle for a job after having been under the church for so long. The story has its background set in England and has an Irish touch to it. The life of an Irish family is described hilariously and is informative in its own ways. His struggles in the world outside the church and his journey on being an actual father to twins are one of the many concepts explored in this book.
This book is very special because it has a rare genre that is usually dominated by very few authors. It is highly underrated and very cleverly put together. The author has woven an impossible yet realistic story at the same time which makes it so hilarious and charming. Be sure to check out this quaint and highly entertaining book. It is definitely worth an afternoon.
I would give this book a 4.5/5 for it’s humor and it’s ability to capture the readers attention till the end. It is definitely a must read.
I’m here again with another amazing nomination. This time, it is 3 days 3 quotes challenge! (yup, I’m excited) So, thank you Yashi, for this lovely-lovely nomination. It’s really a great challenge!
The rules are:
1.Pick 3 quotes for 3 days and write what they mean to you
2.Nominate 3 different bloggers each day (no repetition)
3.Thank the person who nominated you
4.Send the bloggers, you are nominating, a quick message so they can participate
Here is my quote –
I may not be a romantic novel reader, but this quote just I guess, seized my heart (<3) This is the most special, the most affectionate, the most passionate and the most everything quote in the world for me. I like the way how it is full of amour and sensuality at the same time! This is exactly similar to how one feels when one falls in love 🙂
My 3 Nominations are –
A wee bit of heaven
drifted down from above-
A handful of happiness,
and a heart full of love.
The mystery of life,
so sacred and sweet-
The giver of joy
so deep and complete.
Precious and priceless,
so lovable too-
The world’s sweetest miracle,
baby, it’s you.
End of the day and
you are in my head.
Thinking of how much I love you,
And how much I miss you.
Thinking of your beautiful smile,
Your eyes that speak so much.
Wishing that i could be with you, right now,
And feel your loving touch.
I know I will always love you,
There’s no one else for me in this world which is more important than you.
The two of us together is,
something which is my motive.
It’s so good to have someone lend,
A shoulder when needed;
It’s so good to have your face in my neck.
It’s so good to have my arms around you.
Someone cheering on the sidelines,
When I have succeeded.
Your sweetness and thoughtfulness,
Has surely won my heart.
I pray you will always love me,
Now and forevermore.
Because you are my sweetheart,
The one that I adore.
I pray, that god give all your sadness to me and my all happiness in your feet.
I pray you always love me.. Because at the end I’m selfish because I don’t wanna loose you.
You are my life!