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This paper provides a review and analysis of Khaled Hosseini's novel, "A Thousand Splendid Suns." In addition to being a wonderful novel with characters that come alive and tell their own stories with emotion and grace, the paper asserts, "A Thousand Splendid Suns" helps the reader dive into Afghanistan's cultural conflicts, including the treatment of women, in a powerful way. The paper explains that the novel helps the reader to understand past and modern life in Afghanistan's past, a country that is in the midst of a grueling war; however, war is nothing new to Afghanistan. The paper concludes that in Afghanistan during the time, being a woman in a Taliban-controlled extremist Muslim culture was far more than problematic - it was dangerous, even deadly.
From the Paper:"Another example of a dramatic contrast in a scene - which also helps describe the Muslim culture of Afghanistan - is when Rasheed marries the 14-year old Laila. He was so thrilled when she got pregnant, because he wanted a boy in the worst way. Rasheed was very excited and referred to his young wife as a queen; but when the baby turns out to be a girl Rasheed's joy and giddy anticipation turns to bitterness and belligerence. On page 212 readers find out how much Rasheed hates a baby's crying; "It's like someone is ramming a screwdriver into my ear," Rasheed complains."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Hosseini, Khaled. A Thousand Splendid Suns. New York: Riverhead Books, 2007.
- Kakutani, Michiko. "A Woman's Lot in Kabul, Lower Than a House Cat's." The New York Times 29 May, 2007. Retrieved March 17, 2009, from http://www.nytimes.com.
- Penguin Reading Guides. "A Thousand Splendid Suns." Retrieved March 17, 2009, from http://us.penguingroup.com.
Cite this Book Review:
Hosseini's Look at Cultural Conflict in Afghanistan (2011, January 02) Retrieved December 02, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/hosseini-look-at-cultural-conflict-in-afghanistan-146543/
"Hosseini's Look at Cultural Conflict in Afghanistan" 02 January 2011. Web. 02 December. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/hosseini-look-at-cultural-conflict-in-afghanistan-146543/>