Monday, August 23, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 4

Favorite Book

I really want to say the Harry Potter series but since I've already used that for my favorite movie I will go with 1,000 Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.  Hosseini writes in such a beautiful way and I couldn't put his books down.  His other book, The Kite Runner, was also really good and I highly recommend reading both of them.  Here's an excerpt from the book, enjoy!

Picture and excerpt curtesy of Amazon (I probably don't have permission to use either so shh)

 Mariam had never before worn a burqa. Rasheed had to help her put it on. The padded headpiece felt tight and heavy on her skull, and it was strange seeing the world through a mesh screen. She practiced walking around her room in it and kept stepping on the hem and stumbling. The loss of peripheral vision was unnerving, and she did not like the suffocating way the pleated cloth kept pressing against her mouth.

“You’ll get used to it,” Rasheed said. “With time, I bet you’ll even like it.”

They took a bus to a place Rasheed called the Shar-e-Nau Park, where children pushed each other on swings and slapped volleyballs over ragged nets tied to tree trunks. They strolled together and watched boys fly kites, Mariam walking beside Rasheed, tripping now and then on the burqa’s hem. For lunch, Rasheed took her to eat in a small kebab house near a mosque he called the Haji Yaghoub. The floor was sticky and the air smoky. The walls smelled faintly of raw meat and the music, which Rasheed described to her as logari, was loud. The cooks were thin boys who fanned skewers with one hand and
swatted gnats with the other. Mariam, who had never been inside a restaurant, found it odd at first to sit in a crowded room with so many strangers, to lift her burqa to put morsels of food into her mouth. A hint of the same anxiety as the day at the tandoor stirred in her stomach, but Rasheed’s presence was of some comfort, and, after a while, she did not mind so much the music, the smoke, even the people. And the burqa, she learned to her surprise, was also comforting. It was like a one-way window. Inside it, she was an observer, buffered from the scrutinizing eyes of strangers. She no longer worried
that people knew, with a single glance, all the shameful secrets of her past.

-From A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, copyright © May, 2007 Khaled
Hosseini, published by Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., all
rights reserved, reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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