Unsurprisingly, A Thousand
Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini's follow up to
The Kite Runner, has received very wide
review coverage. You'll find reviews from about a
dozen different critics at BookBrowse (as always
abbreviated to the reviewer's essential opinion to
avoid both plot spoilers and repetition). Some
critics love it, some are lukewarm, but even those
who write less than glowing reviews have to admit
that, whatever Hosseini's literary weaknesses might
be, he does write very compelling storylines and is
indisputably one of the world's nicer human beings.
Having viewed Afghanistan through the lives of two men in The Kite Runner, Hosseini turns his attention to the lives of two women whose stories start at very different points but ...
If you want to know more about the lives of women in Afghanistan, read Veiled Courage, an inspiring book about the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), whose clandestine activities defied the forces of the Taliban and who continue their work in Afghanistan today supporting projects in schools, orphanages, hospitals, providing literacy programs, food distribution and more.
Another charity that helps people in Afghanistan and Pakistan is Greg Mortenson's Central Asian Institute which builds schools in rural parts of both countries. Read his inspiring story in Three Cups of Tea.
Another well reviewed book is Kabul in Winter (2007) ...
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