Thursday, December 10, 2009

Book Review

This nine weeks of school I have read a range of books-from the cookie cutter romances to saddening tales of horror. Some of my favorites include: Twilight, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and The Kite Runner.

The best parts about Stephanie Meyer's Twilight are the sweetness and innocence of Bella and Edward's relationship and the normality of the pairing despite species differences. As you read of the sincere love between the teens, it is hard not to get the warm, satisfied feeling in your heart. You day dream of finding that love yourself and revel in it. I however did not enjoy the bipolar mood swings of Edward, the brooding vampire, which hurt Bella repeatedly.

The first Khalid Hosseini novel I read, A Thousand Splendid Suns truly touched my heart. It is a moving work that would rile any woman with anger. Laila, a woman who would not submit to her husband, remains to me an emblem of strength. Though Mariam quietly suffers the abuse of her shared husband, her strength comes through her love for both Laila and Laila's daughter. Both are role models for every woman on Earth. Be strong in will and generous in love.

Enamored with A Thousand Splendid Suns, I quickly followed it by reading The Kite Runner. I was not disappointed. Kite Runner may have even been more moving. The bond between the two boys is drawn even more complicated as love and guilty and shame are intertwined. I have not a single bad thing to say. It was a beautiful story of the simplicity of childhood growing into the complexity of maturedom. The parting words of the novel will bring tears to every eye.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Be strong in will and generous in love." Love that.

I too enjoyed Kite Runnerthe most. After reading your post, I'm thinking A Thousand Splendid Suns would make a good pairing with The Awakening, two women faced with societal obstacles, each handling them in different ways. What do you think?