The book I read was A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. This book was all about women’s rights in Afghanistan. Hosseini is able to describe life in Afghanistan is very well. The reader can fully see how the dictatorship, Taliban, and the after-effects truly affected women and how they were viewed in that society. At first, women had many rights. They would wear what they wanted, they could show their faces, and they could go wherever they wanted. Although, many men had traditional views, like the main character’s, Miriam, husband. Once the Taliban came through, life got even worse for women. They were forced to wear burqas, and they were not allowed to go outside of the house without a male relative. If they did not follow these rules, they were beaten. The two main characters, Laila and Miriam, were able to develop from being young girls that did what they wanted to having to cope in a world where women were not well liked.
Hosseini was able to write this story not in a too graphic way, but in a way that after reading it, the reader knew exactly what was happening. Because of this, I would recommend this book to older girls. The book would not be as good for boys just because it is mostly about women’s rights in Afghanistan, so girls can better relate. Personally, I loved this book. It was so good that I read it in only a few days!
~Lydia W., Class of ’11