- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Format: Paperback | 432 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 28mm | 363g
- Publication date: 1 October 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 074758589X
- ISBN 13: 9780747585893
- Sales rank: 448
Mariam 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.
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Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and moved to the United States in 1980. His first novel, The Kite Runner, was an international bestseller, published in thirty-four countries. In 2006 he was named a US goodwill envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency. He lives in northern California.
By Belinda Andrews 23 Oct 2012
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 Hannah 24 Aug 2011
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 Penny Cunningham 25 Jul 2011
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 Christina 16 Jul 2011
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 Helen Parkin 03 Jul 2011
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...
'In case you're wondering whether A Thousand Splendid Suns is as good as The Kite Runner, here's the answer: No. It's better' Washington Post 'Only the hardest of hearts could fail to be as moved' Glamour 'A masterful narrative ... He is a storyteller of dizzying power' Evening Standard 'Hosseini has that rare thing, a Dickensian knack for storytelling' Daily Telegraph