Finished reading 2 books in November. Both are by the same author: Khalid Hosseini. The stories took place in Afghanistan during the Russian occupation right to the new millennium. Things didn't change much for the better for them (the characters). They however survived the turbulence.
Great readings as you can get some insight about what happened in the patriarchal society where women were being greatly discriminated (in my opinion) even though they claimed that its for their (the women) own good.
1. THE KITE RUNNER
Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the approval of his father and resolves to win the local kite-fighting tournament, to prove that he has the making of a man. His loyal friend Hassan promises to help him - for he always helps Amir - but this is 1970s Afghanistan and Hassan is merely a low-caste servant who is jeered at in the street, although Amir feels jealous of his natural courage and the place he holds in his father's heart. But neither of the boys could foresee what would happen to Hassan on the afternoon of the tournament, which was to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return, to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.
2. A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS
Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism.
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