a thousand splendid suns

February 4, 2009 | 1 Comment

Maybe I somehow missed it, but I don’t recall hearing the same amount of buzz about A Thousand Splendid Suns as I did about Khalid Hosseini’s first book, The Kite Runner. That’s too bad…because it’s better.

This book represents everything about why I am serious about reading fiction. Hosseini does more than tell a story…evident in the writing is his ache for what Afghanistan was, isn’t, and might be. The story isn’t always fun to read, but that is why it’s worth the effort. Hosseini immerses your soul in wrath, longing, turmoil, and hope.

The power of fiction is the personal interaction between the reader and the characters. I can read about everything broken in our world on CNN.com any given day. But somehow, a fictional account like A Thousand Splendid Suns or What is the What? makes all of it more real for me. Walking alongside these characters through what CNN only reports makes me want to be a better husband, dad, pastor and global citizen.

  • I love those kind of books as well. Right now, I’m really getting into documentaries because they’re the same idea as a well-written book: passionate people who aren’t just telling us what’s going on, they’re showing us through their own story or through the stories of the people they have grown to know and love. My favorite right now? Born into Brothels.