A Thousand Splendid Suns (Paperback)
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DescriptionMariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism.
- Published: 18 September 2008
- Format: Paperback 432 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780747585893 ISBN 10: 074758589X
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Reviews for A Thousand Splendid Suns
Couldn't put this down, some parts were a bit hard (emotionally) to read but I found the story very compelling. The author captured his scenes so well and the characters seemed so real. A great book club book. by Belinda Andrews
A Thousand Splendid Suns
I absoloutly LOVED this book! I couldn't put it down and when I came to the end I was very upset. Its one of those books that you dont want to end and want to keep on finding out more!
The way Hosseini writes is capturing, he really makes you feel like you are there. I found it really easy to visualise the villages he was describing and to the see the world from both Lala and Mariams eyes. This is by far the best book I have read in a long, long time. by Hannah
- Top review
What a beautiful book
I just finished "A Thousand Splendid Suns" last night and have to say I was enchanted and appalled by it at the same time.The cruelty that Mariam and Laila endured at the hands of Rasheed is hard to understand for our "civillised" society, how women could be treated in such a way, in such modern times.
The Afghans have endured terrible injustices by their leaders, and have to be admired for their determination to try and live safe and worthwhile lives in the meyhem going on around them.
We forget about the normal inhabitants of Afghanistan when we listen to the news broadcasts talking of death and destruction. A wonderful book. by Penny Cunningham
An unforgettable read
This is an amazing book! A story that seems so real and true that it effects you wholeheartedly, through it's many emotional, horrendous events that Mariam & Laila lived through from day to day still astounds me and always will. Their characters are so strong that I felt I was living through them. by Christina
This book was recommended to me by a friend. I started it on Saturday and finished it the next day as I couldn't put it down. I have a much clearer understanding of what has been happening in Afghanistan over the years... by Helen Parkin
Set in Afghanistan both pre and during the Taliban rule, Hosseini tells the story of many different relationships against a brutal and violent background. At times the book is quite confronting as there is a strong theme of Domestic Violence. However, the theme becomes one of strength, hope and new beginnings. I felt deep emotions as I went on this journey with the two dominant women characters.
I love books that leave me feeling as though my life is more enriched from the moment I pick them up and turn the first page. Khaled Hosseini has given me this. by Melissa Trevelion
- Staff review
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Khaled Hosseini's follow-up to the massive-selling The Kite Runner is his beautifully written and moving epic. A Thousand Splendid Suns. The highly descriptive novel tells the story of two Afghan women, Laila and Mariam, and shows their lives over the past thirty-odd years against the backdrop of the turbulent modern history of Afghanistan, from the Russian invasion to the recent (temporary?) removal of the Taliban.
Hosseini's sympathy towards his female leads is deeply felt, but the equation of patriarchy and tradition with outright misogyny is rather heavy-handed and somewhat simplistic. But what the novel lacks in subtlety it more than makes up for in colour and character, the narrative cracks along at a good pace, and the result is never less than compelling.
If you enjoyed The Kite Runner then A Thousand Splendid Suns is the perfect follow-up. by Mark Thwaite