khaled hosseini

✏️ #FirstLineFriday: A Thousand Splendid Suns

I love learning about different cultures and seeing how some people view certain aspects in life completely different from what I learned while growing up. So, naturally books with cultural elements tend to capture my attention.

Khaled Hosseini’s books featured Afghani culture. I love books that included foreign words/sentences, but I also need them to provide the translation so my reading not disrupted by having to google translation.

This book has plenty of foreign words without translation. Good thing a lot of Malay words derived from Arabic words so I could understand most if them. The word “harami” in the first line means bastard. The story is full of pain and suffering, it makes you appreciate your safe, comfortable life.

 

★ Book Details ★

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Amazon  |  Goodreads

Blurb:
At once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history, and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them—in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul—they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love—or even the memory of love—that is often the key to survival.

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#FirstLineFriday: The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner is probably among the first book I ugly cried 😭 lol!
I really like the cultural elements in it. And I’ve always love the story of war. And childhood innocence. So this book is like all in one favorite elements for me.

So the prop on this pic is to capture the war and childhood. I wanted to use a beat up toy car but I can’t find it. I know my nephew has some, somewhere lol! So I just settle for an overturned car. I wanted to put some dirt but no way I would ever desecrate my precious books! 😋

 

★ Book Details ★

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Amazon | Goodreads

Blurb:
Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.

When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love and redemption, “Gabriel’s Inferno” is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible…forgiveness and love.

Horror(fying) Reads

Halloween 2014

In spirit of Halloween, I’d like to share five horrifying (in a good way) books I’ve read so far. I don’t read supernatural/paranormal books but ghosts and zombies are not the only things that can scare you. Instead, I rather read books that were so horrible (also, in a good way), it makes you either want to curl yourself in a ball and hide in dark corner, or go to an open field, dropped yourself to your knee, turn to the sky and cry out “Why God, why?!!!!!”.

 

Most of my selections below touched dark taboo subjects. People tend to look at these books between two extreme – either really love it and think it’s brilliant or really hate it and think it’s a piece of crap. Proceed at your own peril.

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