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At Least the Cover’s Not Pink

A Thousand Splendid Suns: A Novel by Khaled Hosseini

Reviewed by Peter Martin

"Before you tell someone you're reading Khaled Hosseini's second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, be sure she's a woman. If there's none around and you're still bursting to summarize, it might — might — be okay to tell a man. You just have to make sure his heart's on his sleeve. And that it's bleeding profusely...." Read the entire Esquire review.

5 Responses to "At Least the Cover’s Not Pink"

    Devon Cretella May 30th, 2007 at 6:53 am

    Is the reviewer insinuating that women would not have enjoyed "The Kite Runner" because it was about men??? This book is so good that I read half of it in one sitting. I am afraid to pick it back up because I am not ready to be finished with this incredibly crafted story. The most difficult part of this book is knowing that women (and men) experience similar lives every day in Afganistan. It also makes me extremely thankful to live the life that I live.

    She-Woman Man Hater May 30th, 2007 at 11:15 am

    Devon: are you somehow surprised that Esquire published a "He-Man Woman Hater's Club" book review? Have you ever actually read the magazine? See the "Hot Girl Tells A Joke" section and you'll understand all.

    mari lu robbins May 31st, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    I finished this book in record time, and I couldn't put it down when reading it. It's wonderful, at least as good as The Kite Runner---and my husband and my son want to read it; so much for it's not being for a man. I noticed a man wrote the review, and he had read the book. A pox on Peter Martin's review, who doesn't know a good book when he reads one.

    Alexis June 1st, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Thank god we have good storytellers to remind "regular" men that they too have emotions. It's just too bad that it's such an offensive experience to some of them...

    Amy June 7th, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Maybe Peter would do better reviewing a book like Palahniuk's Rant. His review style is cleary written for the "Esquire" audience. What I find unfortunate is that he has such a square view of who that audience is. Is it not the year 2007? Are there not a record number of men staying at home with their children? Aren't we teaching our boys that it's okay to have feelings, and to display emotion? This is a spectacular book. My 58 year old male bookseller co-worker can't say enough about it, nor can I.

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