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A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns

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By (author) Khaled Hosseini

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  • Publisher: Riverhead Books,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 420 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 28mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 25 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 159448385X
  • ISBN 13: 9781594483851
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 35,075

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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.

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Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and moved to the United States in 1980. He is the author of the" New York Times "bestsellers "The Kite Runner," "A Thousand Splendid Suns," and "And the Mountains Echoed." He is A U.S. Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

Customer reviews

By Lu 11 Oct 2014 5

Many people will tell you this book is really good, and story is very sad. It is true, I cried many times when i am reading this book. At some stage i have to stop and calm myself down. The writing and story is prefect. If you wanna know how good it is, you should read it. Especially females in "developed countries". there are so many women in this world are treated unfairly. Worth to read, worth to buy, worth to think.

By Adlin Omar 13 Sep 2010 5

Heart-breaking.

The book introduces to us what it might've been like for an Afghan woman, Mariam from a young girl through the life she endures for her to come to be the woman she is.

And then Khaled Hosseini brings another woman, Laila a girl whose background is in stark contrast to that of Mariam's.

Through the lives of these two women, Khaled Hosseini detailed what a struggle life is for a woman under the regime that holds a man supreme and a woman inconsequential.

But for Mariam and Laila, being under the thumb of a man such as Rasheed (a patriarch of the worse kind), the Taliban brought nothing new to the oppression that is in both their lives.

Some parts of this book is actually difficult to read not because it's bad writing. FAR form it. It is so good you get sucked in, affected, and nevermind it's fiction, but you know somewhere out there more than one woman suffers the same fate as these two women.

This book demands no less that empathic compassion from just about anyone who reads it.

Khaled Hosseini has done it again. I dare say this book that ups the previous one.

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"Unimaginably tragic, Hosseini's magnificent second novel is a sad and beautiful testament to both Afghani suffering and strength. Readers who lost themselves in The Kite Runner will not want to miss this unforgettable follow-up."