Thousand Splendid Suns, A

Khaled Hosseini
After 103 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and with four million copies of The Kite Runner shipped, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today. Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love. Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul--they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival. A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2021-09-21
I started this book while travelling back to Chandigarh and ended it on my first kindle; so this book has special place in my heart.

I literally had tears in my eyes by the time I finished the book. It's the story of immense endurance and strength in the backdrop of a tyrannous series of regimes extending nearly three decades in Afghanistan. There's a lot to be said about this book and I feel extremely luck to be born in a stable democracy.

The story primarily revolves around two women, Mariam and Laila, born nearly two decades apart but unfortunately married to the same douche bag. Initially unwelcoming to each other, love blossoms in the hostile conditions they live in.

It's nicely written and gives a peek into the largely unexplored Afghan culture.
"Like a compass needle that points north, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman. Always, you remember that, Mariam"

“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,
Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”
Reviewed: 2020-07-15
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Reviewed: 2020-06-17
This book was one of those life-changing books for me. I learned so much from this and it still has stuck with me. I even dreamed about this book while I was reading it. I loved this even more than the Kite Runner-maybe since this was written from a woman's point of view and I could identify with it more. Definately one of my top ten favorites.
Reviewed: 2019-09-22
Such an incredible chronicle of 30 years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story about devastation, loss, hope, faith and love. The writing style is simple, however the attention for detail is amazing. Hosseini is a masterful storyteller. Beautifully written and poignant, this is an unforgettable read. The audio version narrated by Atossa Leone is brilliant. Absolutely enhances the experience of the novel
Reviewed: 2018-07-25
One of the most beautifully written works I've ever read. Dark and fascinating at every turn.
Reviewed: 2015-10-17
I enjoyed the read and read it over a couple of days (which was aided by the fact that I was bedridden), even though I could not truly decide whether it is sort of populistic novel merely trying to capitalise on the moment and what is currently popular or was it truly a heart felt novel. Well anyway, it is well writen, extremely sad and hard going if you are the type who identifies with the main characters but with a sloppy like Hollywood ending, which will, however, by no means erase the feelings you have accumulated during the story... I mean the ending only comes right at the end, and is - as numerous authors find it - only a way to end a book when they get feed up with it, while the story stays for a while longer (I hope). It does make me think though that instead of all these creative writting courses there should be a creative finishing course.
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