Khaled Hosseini’s A thousand splendid suns is about two women and their struggle to “endure” life as Afghan women. The author takes you on a journey into country that was unknown to me and most Americans at large. What I did know about Afghanistan was reported on the evening news, none of which was good. My understanding of their customs and culture was nonexistent. I suddenly had a realization; I knew nothing about this place.
After I read this story I felt I had an understanding of what life was like, at least from the prospective of women. It wasn’t until I learned that Hosseini had only spent the first eleven years of his life in Afghanistan that I questioned the content of the book. How could someone who had spent the majority of his life in western culture write truthfully and accurately about a place he was somewhat a stranger too? Had I been misled? Was this just an American story set in Afghanistan?
I think Hosseini crafted a great story with all the elements that capture a western audience. But, in saying that, this is where the problem lies; A Thousand Splendid Suns lacks authenticity. I will outline for you the discrepancies and follow it with the facts and opinions of experts. By learning about the author’s life and comparing it to the average Afghan’s, understanding Afghanistan’s history, and countering some of the inaccurate depictions of afghan life I hope to persuade you to see Afghanistan as a place of deep rooted traditions and strong family structures.
2. About The Author
Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. His father was a diplomat with the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and History at a large high school in Kabul. 1976, the Afghan Foreign Ministry relocated the Hosseini family to Paris. The Hosseinis sought and were granted political asylum in the United States. In September of 1980, Hosseini's family moved to San Jose, California. Hosseini graduated from high school in 1984...