A Thousand Splendid Suns (Paperback)
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DescriptionMariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry the troubled and bitter Rasheed, who is thirty years her senior. Nearly two decades later, in a climate of growing unrest, tragedy strikes fifteen-year-old Laila, who must leave her home and join Mariam's unhappy household. Laila and Mariam are to find consolation in each other, their friendship to grow as deep as the bond between sisters, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. With the passing of time comes Taliban rule over Afghanistan, the streets of Kabul loud with the sound of gunfire and bombs, life a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear, the women's endurance tested beyond their worst imaginings. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism. In the end it is love that triumphs over death and destruction. A Thousand Splendid Suns is an unforgettable portrait of a wounded country and a deeply moving story of family and friendship. It is a beautiful, heart-wrenching story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely bond and an indestructible love.
- Published: 22 May 2007
- Format: Paperback 384 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780747582977 ISBN 10: 0747582971
- Sales rank: 19,109
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Reviews for A Thousand Splendid Suns
I read this 3 years after I read Kite Runner while traveling in Holland. Could not put it down. Purely amazing. Just made me want to reread both kite runner and a thousand splendid suns again by Riley
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I could barely put this book down all weekend, it really is that good. When I finished it I actually wanted to start reading it again - and I never do that!
it's a real insight into the lives of women in Afghanistan, and although it's fiction, it feels very very real. by kate portman