Book Review: Sparks Like Stars By Nadia Hashimi

Nadia Hashimi’s novel, Sparks Like Stars, tells its readers about two survivors. One is Afghanistan, and the other is Sitara, an Afghan girl. It’s a tale of love, suffering, separation, humanity, kindness, identity, and longing. Worth reading.


What is Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi?

Sparks Like Stars is the story of Sitara, who lost her family in the April 1978 coup in Afghanistan. It’s a tale of her survival as well as her life in the United States. And her desire to return to her homeland and find out the truth about her dead parents and younger brother The story has many emotions in it. But it ends with a happy and positive ending.

The language of the book is not that difficult. The author has highlighted several points through her protagonist. Especially the psyche of a girl child who saw her family killed in front of her eyes. I recommend to readers that they read this novel.

Sparks Like Stars novel or Nadia Hashimi novel

Sparks Like Stars, A Novel by Nadia Hashimi.

The title of the book, Sparks Like Stars, comes from Nadia Anjuman’s work, The Night’s Poetry. Nadia Anjuman was a poet who was murdered by her husband.

I also recommend readers to read this novel: A House Without Windows



The following are the main characters of the novel:

Sitara – The protagonist
Faheem – Younger brother of Sitara
Neelab – Sitara’s childhood friend
Rostam – The brother of Neelab
Sulaiman – Father of Sitara
Daoud Khan – The first president of Afghanistan
Shair – The Afghan soldier
Antonia – The American woman who adopted Sitara
Tilly – Antonia’s mother
Dayo – Best friend of Aryana
Adam – Aryana’s boyfriend
Aryana – The elder sister of Sitara, who died, and the name which she adopted in the United States of America


Important points

These are some of my thoughts after reading the novel:

1. In a war-torn nation like Afghanistan, one of the worst victims are children. Whether losing one’s family or the psychological trauma, the kids suffer silently.

2. Being nice and empathetic toward a person who is through severe suffering is a rare quality in today’s society.

3. When a youngster has had a difficult upbringing, it might be difficult for them to open up easily in front of everyone. So that they may express their feelings and wish to communicate with you, you must give them the time and space they need. Instead of pressuring them to speak.


Sparks Like Stars Quotes

The following are some of the 17 best quotes of Sparks Like Stars novel,

• Sometimes it’s when people are silent that you hear them most clearly.

• The deeper we dug, the closer we got to our true selves.

• Creating martyrs out of dissidents is like taking a blade to an itch.

• Why in prison do you choose to reside, When the door to freedom is open wide?

• Let people serve you information, but never let them serve you your opinion.

• People do terrible things for power.

• You need no one to confirm you. You are everything you believe yourself to be.

• For a warrior, peacetime is only the prelude to war.

• The end of one day is the start of another.

• The corruption of an entire nation begins with one lie.

• The big truths obscured the little lies.

• People are God’s cruelest creations. They’ll step on the smallest of backs to feel an inch taller.

• Sometimes what we offer each other is patience.

• Corruption doesn’t happen without cooperation.

• Prayer is you talking to God. But meditation is God talking to you.

• A nation stays alive when its culture stays alive.

• If you don’t have the heart of a lion, do not travel the path of love.


Why should you read this novel?

You can go for this book if you like to read:

• Afghanistan-themed fiction book

• Admirer of Nadia Hashimi’s books

• A book that explores a young girl’s innermost feelings following the death of her family


My Ratings: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5) 

I hope you like this. Thanks for reading. Jai Hind.

You can also order your copy of the book from Amazon India- Sparks Like Stars novel


Yash Sharma

Namaste reader, My name is Yash, and books for me are like a medicine, which removes my ignorance and also helps me in behaving more like a human.Though I live in the world’s largest democracy, India, but when I look around, I realized that this democratic nation of mine has turned into a kind of feudal oligarchy or kleptocracy, where people from a particular community or I would say particular surname has hijacked this democracy, and the political parties in India has turned itself into a kind of family enterprises where the family members are the only shareholders. And I want to change this, and books are a weapon which is helping me, so that I can help others and my nation.Shukriya for reading this Thought of mine.

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