So, My debut novel Flip-Flops, Fiestas & Flamenco has been out a few weeks now and I have been doing a few interviews lately for blogs. Surprisingly many people seem interested in my eclectic reading taste, which got me thinking; maybe I should do a feature on here?
As an author, I find the other authors fascinating, I could do book reviews, I certainly read plenty, but there’s already lots of reviewers and wonderful people they are too! Anyhow, I thought I might do a monthly feature on authors I love.
Starting with one of my favourites Khaled Hosseini
“Learn this now and learn it well. Like a compass facing north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam.”
Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns
Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 4, 1965. The eldest of 5 children he had a privileged upbringing and remembers fondly flying kites with his cousins in the city
His father was a diplomat and the family were living in Paris during the April Coup of 1978; unable to return to Afghanistan they sought political asylum in the US in 1980, where 15-year Khaled went to San Jose high school, California
After graduating from college, he trained as a doctor and went on to work at the Cedars- Sinai medical centre in Los Angeles
He has published 3 outstanding novels, The Kite Runner, (2003) A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007) and And the Mountains Echoed, (2013) all of which I have loved
All Hosseini’s work is beautifully written and the prose is exceptional something I aspire to and am a long way from achieving as yet. Words like powerful, haunting, mesmerising often appear in reviews of his works and I for one, think the man is a literary genius.
My personal favourite is A Thousand Splendid Suns, not only are the protagonists in this one female but the story shows how women should help each other and not see others as competition, at times harrowing, hard to stomach and unimaginable this novel stayed with me a long time after I read it and no matter your religion, creed or colour is worthy of being a classic.
“It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn’t make everything all right. It didn’t make ANYTHING all right. Only a smile. A tiny thing. A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird’s flight. But I’ll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting. – Amir”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
As with the other two books, Hosseini focuses on the complexity of relationships and creates a moving masterpiece that pulls the heartstrings
The bittersweet story of two women finding refuge in each other in the midst of Afghanistan’s troubles is a truly special one and A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of the books which I would place in my top 20 books of all time.
Hosseini writes like nobody else and his books should be on everyone’s TBR list
What do you think?
Which is your favourite Khaled Hosseini book?