Funny, yet sad. Tragic, without being a tragedy. This story is one of the best stories that I have read. I enjoyed reading it from page one. I learned a lot about Afghan life and culture and traditions in the few hours that it took to read this book than what I would have expected to learn in a lifetime. It is a lesson in karma. It is a lesson in courage. In fact, if you look hard enough all of us will learn a bit about ourselves. All through the story, we will be challenged as to how we would react or perform under each circumstance, had we been confronted, in the same way. Before reading this book, I would have said it was not my cup of tea. Not the usual story that I am likely to read. Yet, I read it and thoroughly enjoyed it. I recommend this to any one brave enough to step out of their comfort zone.
Incredible book, one I enjoyed for so many reasons. Along with The Book Thief it is a wonderful read. Set in Afghanistan it reveals a way of life and culture that is totally new to me and of course relevant because of current events. I can't recommend it enough. The characters will live with you for ever. An education in human nature.
I read this book when it was first released and found it just as fascinating this time. Khaled Hosseini writes so well and with such honesty and passion about Afghanistan and its people. He has the wonderful gift of being able to bring his characters and their stories to life. Through this he weaves the themes of family and friendship and the intricacies of guilt. It's one I'll treasure and reread again.
This book captivated me from the first page. Khaled Hosseini has a wonderful way with words and though I have never been to Afghanistan I feel I have lived a lifetime there and know glimpses of its past and present situation. An amazing read full of love, heartache and growth.
This story left a gaping hole in my heart for some time. It is a desperate story and highlights the difficulties Afghan people has had to live with since the 1970s. A brilliant read. Thank you for a moving story.
I found this book challenging and inspiring. It tells a story that immerses the reader in a foreign culture and from that different perspective explores universal themes like forgiveness, redemption and loyalty. I'd definitely recommend it.