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"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

Archive for the day “March 4, 2011”

Khaled Hosseini Revisited

I realize that I just posted about Khaled Hosseini a few weeks ago. The difference is that I have just finished his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns.

The novel is as compelling as The Kite Runner. Whereas The Kite Runner focuses more upon the relationship between two boys/men, A Thousand Splendid Suns brings out the way women are treated and, in particular, describes the relationship between two women.

Moreover, A Thousand Splendid Suns provides a clearer history lesson of Afghanistan. Not that I think this is the point of the novel, but I found it a welcomed addition.

Last week I met someone who’s daughter works with Hosseini. I know it is barely six degrees, but I was excited to not only hear about his foundation, but also a bit about him.

Khaled Hosseini doesn’t only write to highlight the plight of his people, he is doing something to help raise the awareness and find sustainable solutions. He deserves to have his his books read. He deserves to be heard.


Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at www.alonshalev.com


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