Thursday, October 15, 2020
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020
I've never read anything that was written of this author before. I've seen the movie of The Kite Runner. And like a lot of movies it's not the exact activity of the book. But the movie I liked. I decided I was going to read one of his books.
I actually enjoyed this story. Although very sad I seen some parallels of the middle east countries to ours, the United States. And found a lot of differences to make me think it's great to be an American (despite what the country's experiencing now).
How terrible it is to be sent away because of something that wasn't your fault. To grow up as Mariam did to hear not so nice things about her father. To find it's true. Even though Mariam's mother Nana, did call her names the whole situation just isn't right. It hurts! It's like her father Jalil's dirty little secret.
What a shame for Mariam to not be wanted after her mother dies to be married to someone that she doesn't even know.To move from across one part to another part of country. Let alone someone much older than she. Whatever became of Mariam's husband wife and child?
One most think after Rasheed's treatment of Mariam. Trying to please Racheed only not to be good enough.
The book is laid out in parts. I found myself by the third part I skimmed to the end and went back to fill in the gaps. I found it paid a lot of attention to Laila's life and family.
A family that taught Laila that it was important to have education as a woman to be a success. But as the story goes on finding she is normal in a sense with a boyfriend and still maintains her family life. There is tragedy. Where does she go? What happens to her boyfriend, mother, father?
There it begins coming in this household of Mariam and Racheed. She is told everyone is gone. She is nursed back to health only to be the next in line for a younger wife for Racheed.
Laila lives this life. Does what she has to for Racheed. Unlike Mariam Laila will fight back to protect her children. And for that she finds her boyfriend Tariq.
They do have a life but not without consequences. Nothing goes smoothly without death and hardship. Shame that Mariam finds out this way that she was thought of kindly and loved.
And at the end a nice touch for Laila, Tariq, and family. To give back to the community from hardships.
I give A Thousand Splendid Suns 5
Wednesday, September 09, 2020
Friday, August 07, 2020
For each character like Julie wanting to spend her time with her son because she knows someday she will have to share him. Sadly they see someone fall. How does she answer that question from her son. She tries to shield him. It all happened like slow motion and I'm sure Asher plays it over in his head.
Julie will use what happened to her mother right before Mother's Day. All can be done is reach out to family and friends. Hug each other. And maybe eat some ice cream. As Julie is there for Asher.
Now Lynne being a new mom she is all kinds of nervous wanting to keep her baby safe. Maybe too over protective. But when Lynne looks at Ben his laugh could light up the darkest day. With Lynne's case she needed to take care of her own self. Finding things that make her feel even. So when she saw this tragic fall she could only think why isn't anyone helping. But Lynne forgets not everyone can do all things. It only could be that someone called for help.
I like when the situation was under control that Lynne called her husband Tom, and told him she knew then what she wanted to pursue as a career to help people. An admirable job, in the health profession.
Then we come to Mary and her son Chris. I think the story of these two is my favorite. Chris did beat all negatives of having Aspergers. You can only hope some part of a life will help turn things around for the good. Which Chris did. He wanted to be normal. And Mary was going to have that happen. I think the cool part is Chris having this "color synesthesia", a world where he sensed a color based on how a person smelled. We finally find out that Chris knew this person that fell. And like some he was going to be sad.
So what's a mother to do is to be there for her son. To back him up and be as strong for it. And Chris started talking and thought Austin's color was purple. The feeling was deep enough that Chris thought he should have noticed.
He knew that connection was strong with his mom Mary, for she was a blue. Mom's love
I read a recent book of Kaira Rouda's and liked it. Never had any doubts with this story either. I'll be looking forward to reading more of her books.
I give A Mother's Day 5