First of all, I haven’t read much books in February because of…well, many reasons. (don’t want to start complaining on school again) Only three…I know, I know. But they really were amazing and the more is the merrier but, also, quality over quantity (ahh, excuses). Anyway, this book has awesome covers, interesting plot, I haven’t found a guy to fall in love with, but I’ve found a picture of a real life. So, I gave it all the stars on this rating sky.
The novel takes place in many places, including Shadbagh (fictional village), Paris, Tinos (Greek island) and Kabul. Shadbagh is were it all begins. Saboor works really hard to help his family survive, but he’s not doing really well. Living with his second wife Parwana and three children is only getting harder. Abdullah and Pari are his children from the first marriage and they are spending days together, playing, telling stories and Pari has a really interesting habit-collecting bird feathers. They show pure brother-sister love and they are lost without each other. The only thing that they wouldn’t be able to survive is to be separated. And that’s exactly what happens when Saboor sold his daughter to a wealthy man in Kabul-Mr. Wahdati.
Pari grows up detached from her beloved brother with two complete strangers. Nila is Mr. Wahdati’s rebellious wife who is a poet and really different from all the women in Afghanistan-she’s not wearing burqa, she is having affairs, and most important-she’s free. So, that’s the way she has been raising Pari. However, Pari’s uncle and Wahdatis’ chauffeur is in love with her. But there’s someone who’s in love with him and that’s a love you would never expected… After everything that happens, Pari moves to Paris and lives there for the rest of her life. Or maybe not. Abdullah has his restaurant in USA but he has never accepted the “western” way of living. He is living on a traditional way and he teaches his daughter to do the same. He named her Pari. There are also stories about some minor characters and they all have messages-did they preserved their tradition or did they run away from it? Are they happy with who they become or not? Basically, you have lots of plot twists but Hosseini’s storytelling is still amazing and has a special charm.
“It’s a funny thing… but people mostly have it backward. They think they live by what they want. But really, what guides them is what they’re afraid of. What they don’t want.”
“They say, Find a purpose in your life and live it. But, sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognize your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind.”
This book is not the classical happy-ending or crying-so-hard book. It’s life. With all his complications and everything. Reading it keeps you interested and you’ll continue thinking about it even after the reading process.
“Out beyond ideas
of wrongdoing and right doing,
there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.”
Thanks for reading. Give me your thoughts on this book if you’ve read it and if you haven’t, just do so, because it’s worth it.