I started to read this book last night and it didn't seem all the interesting. Thought I got another boring book from and a teacher. Then I kept reading and it just grabbed me before I knew it, it was one o'clock and I was on chapter ten (I started reading around twelve). It just got better the more I continued reading.
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So far i do not like it but hopefully it has the same effect on me as it did on you.
Chapters 5 through 6 were intense man. Mariam just wanted to be with her father and away from he sad, self-loathing mother. Her father doesn't even let her in and tells his chauffeur to take her home. Let alone being unwanted by her father she comes back to her kolba and her mother is strung by the tree dead. Just went and killed herself...
I started reading this book and i think its going to be a pretty complicated book. Reason being is alot of the vocabulary is another language. I also think this book is going to be pretty boring judging from the first couple chapters. So far im not a fan of this book
i agree with chase the book is very confusing concerning some of the words they use,
I think part of the reason for the language barrier is to make the reader be able to connect with the feeling of alienation and separation from society that women felt at the time of the story.
i started reading late but so far im really confused.. i agree with chase. it is complicated, im not getting into it
Okay, so I'm on chapter 12 I think, and I have to say, as well written as this book is, it does have a depressing undertone the ENTIRE TIME. Sure, there's the obvious suicide/arranged marriage/unwantedness, but beyond that the whole time anyone is doing anything, the book intentionally makes you expect the worst. Even the sections beginning the marriage, when Mariam is pointing out which car is her favorite, the book speaks in terms of her hiding behind what is essentially a mask whenever she is seen in public, and makes it seem as if she is sheltering herself, intentionally or not, from a world she is ill-equipped to handle.
Ok so im kind of confused with the relationship between Reheed and Mariam. Like was it really rape, she didn't want to do it, and he kind of just forced it. But then she got pregnant and she was really happy. She went through his room and felt jealous towards his old wife. So, did she really mean it or was it just that quick second of "oh wait maybe we shouldn't". Also does he blame her for the miscarriage, I feel like that's very obvious but still.
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Yes i know i'm a girl but so what. I read both. Why not comment on both. This book is the best out of the books so far. Yes it does start off slow. But like Zachary said it grips you suddenly and won't let you take a break for a long time. I've been reading it so much because its literally an emotional roller-coaster. I have cried and felt things through this books. I am in love with it and i also hate it. That tells me its a good book. So keep reading! It gets better!
What part are you at? or have you already finished both books??
so far i am really enjoying the book. i am not like all the way through or anything but i mean i actually find the characters compelling and likable enough to where i can bear to read about them. i also feel like even though the main character is a girl i can relate to her problems, and this makes the book seem a lot more real and engaging.
I havent been engaged with the book at all yet so hopefully at some point this book does something to make me like it
I agree with chase the book at first was very difficult to get into and really understand what was going on. As I kept reading it was easier to comprehend and understand the book.
Yeah, I feel like the author does a good job of making the characters feel real. The more "real" a character feels the easier it is to relate to their circumstance. I feel like a can relate to Mariam.
i am confused with the relationship between Mariam and jalils. i think it is weird how she feels about him
yeah. i just think she really enjoys her father being around and even though her mom doesnt like him very well, she still wants to be with him.
I agree, I did not know how she felt about him at first
I still do not like this book not even a little bit im starting to make sense of some of the arabic as i keep reading but this book still hasnt rrached out and grabbed me
This book is really sad, I can tell you that much. Mariam's life is one of tragedy and it can all be drawn back to her father. Jalil's intention with Mariam may not harbor any ill will but it sure does seem one-sided. The way he just dumps her off with her mother on outside of town, and the way he only wants to see her on his terms. I don't like him.
I agree that the book is very sad in how mariam is treated /mistreated.
Overall this book was a very sad book, but it did start out slow like I said Waldorf it did get easier to read and understand but I didn't enjoy it as much as some of the other people did
I felt that learned glimses of the life of someone in Afghanistan
this book never took hold of my attention. this just isn't my type of book.
I waas reading the book and it is a very interesting way og how it portrays life in a world that is not as advanced as ours in both technology and how it treats people, especially women, women are looked down upon very greatly in this book and it is so weird to read it as someone from america
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