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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 54.
- Review Date: 2007-05-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Atossa Leoni, who is German-born of Afghan ancestry, was clearly chosen because she can pronounce all the Afghan words—a big plus, but it’s the only plus in this bad reading. Dropping her voice on the last word of every sentence, her phrasing is regularly rendered ungrammatical by breaks at the wrong points. Her narrow vocal range makes for a dull and often difficult listening experience. Despite the reader, the book holds the listener thanks to Hosseini’s riveting story—an in-depth exploration of Afghan society in the three decades of anti-Soviet jihad, civil war and Taliban cruelty. He impels us to empathize with and admire those most victimized by Afghan history and culture—women. Mariam, a 15-year-old bastard whose mother commits suicide, is married off to 40-year-old Rasheed, who abuses her brutally, especially after she has several miscarriages. At 60, Rasheed takes in 14-year-old Laila, whose parents were blown up by stray bombs. He soon turns violent with her. Although Laila is united with her childhood beloved, the potential return of the Taliban always shadows their happiness. Simultaneous release with the Riverhead hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 26). (May)BookPage Reviews
Khaled Hosseini's debut novel, The Kite Runner, gained attention slowly and then became a runaway bestseller. His second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, an instant blockbuster for sure, is set in Afghanistan during the last war-torn 30 years (see the interview with Hosseini in this issue). Atossa Leoni, who plays Soraya in Marc Forster's film of The Kite Runner, which should be released later this year, reads this powerful story of family, friendship and faith.