Last night I finished reading A Thousand Splendid Suns again, and I must admit that I was just as moved by this novel on this read as I was the very first time that I read it. In the novel, Khaled shows that he is a compassionate writer who pays careful attention to selection of details in order to tell a story that will be remembered a long time after that last page is turned. On this read, I still love Mariam, one of the main characters, but I also must add that I also totally admire her, and I only hope that I display at least an ounce of her courage in the face of adversity....
Here is the REPOST of A Thousand Splendid Suns:
I finished reading A Thousand Splendid Suns a few minutes ago, and I must say that I love this novel more and more with each read. Tomorrow, I will start student led discussions on this novel, and I can't wait.
Today, my students turned in all of the preliminary work that I expect to be completed before we start a discussion on a novel. After collecting the work, we had a discussion about what they thought about the novel or anything else that they would like to discuss about this novel. One of the students stated something, I can't remember what right now, and one of my quiet thinkers started smiling. I turned to him and stated "What made you smile; do you have something that you want to say? He stated "I don't have anything to say, and I was smiling because you are so excited." Everybody, including me, started laughing, because it is true that I am very excited about A Thousand Splendid Sun.
As my students left the room, I told them that I wanted them to think about women and our roles in the world.
This novels never fails to make me think about the life of a woman and how much we can endure and how much we should not have to endure. The women in this novel were faced with so many adversities, and they were able to stand boldly and move forward in spite of all that they went through. (I want to start a women's revolution all over the world! Really..)
There are some women, such as the women in some parts of Afghanistan, who have to take the oppression because it is dictated by the law. However, there are other women in countries, like the United States, who are oppressed and sometimes it is self-inflicted by things that we allow into our lives.
You know that I love freedom, but I am not speaking of the freedom of being a single woman, I am talking about the freedom to make decisions for myself, the decision to be able to state what I like and don't like, the freedom to chose my career etc. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a reminder that not all women have freedom of the mind and/or body, and there is not much that they can do about it but maybe start a revolution.
"Freedom IS a beautiful thing!"
If you want to read just a good, old-fashioned story, then this is the book for you.
I can't wait to discuss this novel with my students and read their essays on this novel.
You must read A Thousand Splendid Suns!
Before I go to bed tonight, I am going to started reading The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino. This book was recommended by my friend, T. Smith, who is one of the most well-read brothers that I know. So, you should get this book, and join me in reading it. If T. Smith recommended it, then it is a must read.