So I finally read this…I put it off and put it off because, honestly, I just didn’t want to feel as depressed as I have with Hosseini’s previous novels The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. I mean they were wonderfully written, but I felt so sad after reading them. But, I finally bit the bullet and gave it a go…and guess what? I’m not sad! This was an amazing book, very well written…and not thoroughly depressing. I gained something from it, which is always a wonderful feeling.
“J’aurais dû être plus gentille—I should have been more kind. That is something a person will never regret. You will never say to yourself when you are old, Ah, I wish I was not good to that person. You will never think that.”
I was really confused when I started reading this because of the format it was written in. It’s not your traditional linear story, nor your flip from present day to past with flashbacks between different characters. It tells a cohesive story from the viewpoints of different characters throughout different parts of each of their lives, but they all fit together like one giant puzzle. And at the end you’ll go ‘Ahhh!’
For me, it was amazing to see how what seemed like one simple decision at the very beginning of the story, turned out to be one huge complicated…well mess. It made me think “Hey, I shouldn’t judge people so harshly because there is probably a lot more to their story.” The characters were constantly changing, but it’s only because of the different sides you of them throughout the story…it’s brilliant! And one decision can change everything and impact many, many people.
I would love to read this again someday to explore all the different aspects of the characters and how Hosseini managed to pull it all together.
Talk to me about this one!