Question about fiction books...

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Registered: 10-28-2005
Question about fiction books...
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Tue, 03-03-2009 - 10:08am

I just finished A Thousand Splendid Suns and I told DH that I hated it! He tried to get me to stop reading it but there was no way. LOL

Anyhow, if you've read it or read anything like this, my question is - how far do you think fiction writers might keep to the truth. Do you think a fiction book can give you a good feel for what was really going on in Afganistan? Do you think that even though they hated the idea of the USA coming in and bombing their country, they really felt that it might turn out to be a good thing? It was very interesting to read this take on it but do you think a fair amount of the descriptions from the Afghanistan perception might be true?

On average, how far do you think authors take liberties with the truth in a fiction book?


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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 03-03-2009 - 9:27pm
I haven't read this Wendy---I have it on my TBR list and now I know why. LOL I think a lot of fiction books reflect the truth or at least they come off like that.


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Registered: 08-11-2008
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 5:07pm

I haven't read 1,000 Secret Suns, but I have read The Kite Runner.


And, hey, Happy Birthday today, Kheled Hosseini!


(I'm quite sure I mangled the spelling of his name, but I don't have either book in front of me.)

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Thu, 03-05-2009 - 1:56pm

That's an interesting question.

 

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Registered: 10-28-2005
Fri, 03-06-2009 - 11:37am
Thank you all for your thoughts. I'd like to take away from this book that things are better now in Afghanistan than they were. :)


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Registered: 09-03-2005
Mon, 03-09-2009 - 7:51am
I've read both of Hosseini's books.


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Mon, 03-09-2009 - 6:49pm

I think any work of fiction reflects the author's views on the subject. The author has the liberty to skew the character's acts and emotions however he or she wishes. Sometimes it may not be entirely intentional, but it would be hard to write something fictional and not have the writer's personality - and maybe those of people he or she knows - color what is written.


I think, if you're curious about the true feelings of the people of Afghanistan, find a non-fiction book about the people and the area - many were suggested here - and use that to help make your mind up about the area or people.




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Thu, 03-12-2009 - 4:31pm
I suppose it depends on the author.
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Tue, 03-17-2009 - 12:12pm

This is a discussion from awhile back, but it's a good one.


Oprah caused quite a stir for the author of A Million Pieces, Fry when his memoir turned out to be fiction. You know what? I don't care.