What happened to Kabul from the end of A Thousand Splendid Suns in 2003 to today? In this short article from The Washington Post, journalist Pamela Constable returns to this city to reminisce about that magical moment described at the conclusion of Hosseini’s novel. She remembers it as a time when “hope and the promise of change…burst forth in Afghanistan’s post-Taliban liberation nearly a decade ago.” In contrast to those times, she details today’s landscape of “security barriers and fantasy palaces” and an atmosphere where “optimism and energy vanished long ago, gradually replaced with cynicism and fear.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dysfunction-and-dread-in-kabul/2011/07/13/gIQAQpBlGI_story.html
What are your feelings after reading Constable’s article about Kabul? Has this new information affected the way you perceive the ending of the novel? What do you think about her startling end statement?
Dr. Martha Bari, Director, First Year Experience