Sunday, January 27, 2008, 4:00 PM
253 Harvard Ave
Brookline , MA 02446
We'll discuss A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini at our January meetup. We chose this book at our November/December meetup. If you would like to suggest books for future meetups, please contact Charis, assistant organizer, with your book title and a link describing it from www.amazon.com
. After I receive several suggestions, I will conduct a poll to decide what to read going forward. I look forward to seeing many of you in January. Happy holidays!
Here's a description of A Thousand Splendid Suns from amazon.com
A Publishers Weekly Starred Review. Afghan-American novelist Hosseini follows up his bestselling The Kite Runner with another searing epic of Afghanistan in turmoil. The story covers three decades of anti-Soviet jihad, civil war and Taliban tyranny through the lives of two women. Mariam is the scorned illegitimate daughter of a wealthy businessman, forced at age 15 into marrying the 40-year-old Rasheed, who grows increasingly brutal as she fails to produce a child. Eighteen later, Rasheed takes another wife, 14-year-old Laila, a smart and spirited girl whose only other options, after her parents are killed by rocket fire, are prostitution or starvation. Against a backdrop of unending war, Mariam and Laila become allies in an asymmetrical battle with Rasheed, whose violent misogyny -- "There was no cursing, no screaming, no pleading, no surprised yelps, only the systematic business of beating and being beaten" -- is endorsed by custom and law. Hosseini gives a forceful but nuanced portrait of a patriarchal despotism where women are agonizingly dependent on fathers, husbands and especially sons, the bearing of male children being their sole path to social status. His tale is a powerful, harrowing depiction of Afghanistan, but also a lyrical evocation of the lives and enduring hopes of its resilient characters.
This book is hardcover. You may wish to check it out of your local library. Boston Public Library
allows you to request books and hold them at your local branch. You can set your account up so the library emails you when the book arrives.
USD1.00 per person
Only 30 members (including guests) can RSVP 'Yes' or 'Maybe' for this event. There's still room for 25 more.Please RSVP for January book club