All my life, I have lived like an aquarium fish in the safety of a glass tank, behind a barrier as impenetrable as it has been transparent. I have been free to observe the glimmering world on the other side, to picture myself in it, if I like. But I have always been hemmed in, by the hard unyielding confines of the existence that Baba has constructed for me, at first knowingly, when I was young, and now guilelessly, now that he is fading day-to-day. I think I have grown accustomed to the glass and am terrified that when it breaks, when I am alone, I will spill out in to the wide open unknown and flop around, helpless, lost, gasping for breath.
Siblings, parenthood, friendship – words and topics that make up a good and brilliant story. I won’t attempt to make a review here that would probably spoil your fun in reading the book. This was recently released last May 21 so maybe some of you haven’t got hold of a copy yet. I read his first two books, The Kite Runner which was released in 2003 and was adapted into film later and A Thousand Splendid Suns which was made available to the public in 2007. If you love Amir in The Kite Runner and cried with Mariam and Laila in A Thousand Splendid Suns, you would surely appreciate Pari and Abdullah in this new tale “revolving around brothers and sisters, and the ways in which they love, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for each other.”
I wrote a review of his second book A Thousand Splendid Suns back in 2007 and posted it here two years later when I was organizing my blogs at Multiply. I was quite excited when I read about his third book not knowing what to expect since my views of him as a writer were colored by his first two novels but here is a good review I found after finishing the last page without spoiling your fun of discovering what makes it a five-star in my list of lovely reads. There is that feeling when you reach the last few pages and you don’t want it to end – you feel the intensity, the emotions playing in your mind and you want to know more about the characters who have endeared themselves to you in the first few pages.
My best read so far this 2013.