Q- Describe an exciting book that you enjoy reading.
- What is the book?
- What is it about?
- How has the book affected you?
Ans: I would not call myself an avid reader, but I do enjoy reading occasionally. There are seldom times when a book is able to have a profound effect on my psyche or perception. However, there is a book that is able to have that effect on me to a certain extent. It is a book that still makes me emotional and excited while reading. Whenever I try re-reading the book, I always unravel something new and fresh. The book, named ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’, is a very famous semi-autobiographical novel written by Khaled Hosseini. The words woven by the author in the book perfectly encapsulate the ordeal faced by women in the Middle East.
The book primarily revolves around the life of Mariam and Laila, the two protagonists of the story. The author has masterfully crafted the plot to accurately depict the oppression, sexism and misogyny faced by Middle Eastern women on a daily basis through the eyes of its protagonists. As I previously stated, whenever I re-read the book, I am able to decipher or construe something new, whether it be its subtext, symbolism, or metaphors. ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ is about many things, but at its core, the story is primarily about suffering, perseverance, shame, reputation, love, belonging and women’s rights in Afghanistan. These humane aspects or themes of the story are what make the book so touching and emotional.
When I first read the book, I was honestly on the verge of tears. Albeit the story may be set miles and kilometres away from my own world, it still resonates with me every time I read it. This is due to the universal themes used in the story that make you tethered to the world of Laila and Mariam. Once you delve deep into the world of the characters, you cannot help but feel deeply for them. The story, irrespective of its melancholic themes, is still hopeful. It teaches us the value of perseverance and resolve. The story insinuates that if we keep going forward against all odds, there will be light at the end of the tunnel.
With that being said, the book did have a huge impact on my outlook towards society. I started to empathise with women who are victims of patriarchy and repressionNeed help to prepare for IELTS? Check out the best IELTS preparation courses in the market offered in a live training environment by trusted educators in a live training environment. If you want to help to study abroad, call 1800-572-130. This book must be read by everyone, especially men, to understand the ordeal faced by several women around the world.
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