He has broken my heart…again, but I still love him. The first break happened about two years ago with “The Kite Runner.” Technically that hurt came in two parts…first the book, then the movie. Having just finished “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” Khaled Hosseini has fractured my heart anew, and as before…I loved every excruciating page of it. A perk to not having a job, is that when I find myself unable to put a book down, I don’t have to put the book down—not to get off the train, or end my lunch break, or go to bed at a reasonable hour.
The other night, with sleep tugging at my eyes, I had resigned myself to go to sleep after finishing the chapter I was reading. But the last line of the chapter I was reading turned out to be, “Laila turned around and was greeted by the barrel of a gun.” I had to read on. Three chapters and a mug of peppermint tea later I reluctantly went to bed only to dream about Hosseini’s characters. He has this way of getting me to fall in love with his protagonists immediately—before I’ve even finished a chapter—and once I’m attached, my heart doesn’t let go. And this is how Hosseini breaks my heart, because even though he gives you a happy (or at least hope-filled ending), it comes with a very weighty asterisk. Someone I love always dies, and everyone I love endures unwarranted cruelty and violence.
Just like Hosseini’s first book, “A Thousand Splendid Suns” took my heart on an emotional kamikaze ride. With each page I wished for the best while knowing worse was coming. I spent a large percentage of pages not taking a breath. This book made me feel things no book ever has before. I found myself smiling at a murder (he deserved it, I promise). I finished the book on the train today, and for the first time I can remember, a book’s very last sentence almost made me cry. But I didn’t want to be THAT girl on the subway, so I kept it inside.
I already have my next book all picked out; it was given to me today (Thanks TC). It is supposed to be a real tear-jerker. So let’s see if three books in a row can bring tears to my eyes.