Archive for May, 2009

A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns

I have wanted to read A Thousand Splendid Suns since I’ve read only good reviews about this book. But I have been hesitant to buy a book at $16.00. So last month, I was checking the bargain shelf at McNally Robinson and lo and behold, the title was on sale at $7.99. They’re only slightly damaged, black markings on the bottom edge of the books. I bought myself a copy.

A Thousand Splendid Suns was written by Khaled Hosseini, the same author who gave us The Kite Runner. I’ve seen the movie The Kite Runner before I read the book. I loved the movie. I loved the book even more. A Thousand Splendid Suns, I loved it much more!

I’ve never had any idea of the plot of A Thousand Splendid Suns before I read it. All I knew was that it was about Afghanistan. And I just loved the experience I had in reading this book. The story unfolding before me as I read it. Without the expectations of, “oh maybe this is the part where this thing will happen.” I usually give out spoilers when I write movie or book reviews. But you know what, I think I will spare you with any spoilers so you will also have that same experience that I had with this book.

Well, maybe I’ll just give you a little bit of something so you can decide whether you might want to give this book a try. In A Thousand Splendid Suns, Hosseini tells us about the life of people in Afghanistan as seen through the eyes of two women. He tells us about their joys and sufferings and the ugliness of war and poverty. It’s heartbreaking. But what touched me the most is how these two women, so different from each other, bonded and banded together against the person that hurt them the most.

It’s always interesting to learn about the way of life and culture of other people. But as I have discovered over and over again, we may all be different, but we are all the same when it comes to our joys and pains. We all have that same exhilarating feeling when we experience our first love and when we learn that we are carrying a baby inside our body. We all have that same crushing feeling when someone we love hurts us or when we lose a loved one.

And what I like about stories like this is that it reminds us that no matter how you think your life sucks right now, is that there is always hope. Things will look better tomorrow…

“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,
Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”

I like Hosseini’s style of writing. It’s very simple and easy to read, yet it’s so beautiful.

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May 23, 2009 at 11:36 pm 5 comments

Between you and me

Paula Abdul said to American Idol contestant MacIntyre, “Scott, you pleased Simon and I.”

I said to the TV, “Wrong.”

Even Simon Cowell disagreed. But not for the same reason that I had. Scott didn’t please him. 🙂

I told my kids, “It should be Simon and me, not Simon and I. You use I if it’s the subject of your sentence.” Or if it completes a being verb. But I didn’t explain that part to them since it’s a little bit more complicated and they don’t want me talking too much when we’re watching TV. 🙂

I’m glad that my kids believe me when I point out mistakes in grammar like this. Because after all, English is just my second language. And they sometimes correct me with my pronunciation and when I say he instead of she, or him instead of her. In my defense, he has the same translation in Pilipino as she. Same with him and her. 🙂

We watch a lot of TV and it bugs me when I hear I being used instead of me.

Just like a few weeks ago, we were watching Survivor and JT told Joe (or was it Steven), “Between you and I, we have this alliance.” It should be between you and me, I told my boys.

Also, on Survivor last night, Debbie said, “This is the most emotional moment between my husband and I.” Come on, people. It’s always between you and me. (Or between you and him/her/them.) Me is the object of the preposition between so you use the objective form of the pronoun I.

Same case as with what Paula said, you pleased Simon and I. If we remove Simon in the sentence, you wouldn’t say, you pleased I. You would say, you pleased me. Me is the object of the verb pleased.

I’m worried that when kids always hear people saying “between you and I,” they’re going to think that it’s right. But it’s not.

May 8, 2009 at 10:10 pm 11 comments