A Thousand Splendid Suns Kindle Edition by Khaled Hosseini
Click Here to Download the Book A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan's last thirty years, from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding, that puts the violence, fear, hope and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives, the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness, are inextricable from the history playing out around them. Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heartwrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love, a stunning accomplishment.
Reviews A Thousand Splendid Suns is Khaled Hosseini’s second book. I read the first, The Kite Runner, a couple of months ago and was amazed by it, which is why I followed up so quickly with this. However at the time I didn’t feel able to review The Kite Runner and I now find it very difficult as well for A Thousand Splendid Suns. Both are wonderful books, very intense reads which offer a deep plunge in the Afghan society and its recent history. So intense in fact that I came out of them a bit overwhelmed, finding it difficult to process. The two novels focus on very different aspects of life in Afghanistan. The first, The Kite Runner, follows Amir, a young boy from a privileged family and Hassan, the son of his servant and his friend. It is in a way one of many novels relating the unlikely/ impossible friendship between two children set apart by everything. But the theme is very well exploited and allows us to delve into both fringes of the Afghan society. A Thousand Splendid Suns is about women. It again focuses on two children and their destinies in a country shaken by never-ending conflicts, but this time they are little girls: Mariam and Laila, one raised in the countryside in very poor conditions, the other, twenty years later, in an urban, progressive family. Tragedy will strike both however and their paths will meet. In a way this second novel shows more of the country’s turmoil and the successive regimes which, from the soviet invader to the religious extremists, all brought with them war and unimaginable horrors. But at times these seem to come second to the real day to day conflicts the two women have to face: the trials of their family life as the wives of a bitter and intolerant man seem to be much more important and real for them than the exterior world’s happenings. Indeed their world rarely stretches out of their home: subdued to their husband’s demands, forced to wear a burka on their rare outings… They find themselves restricted to their house long before the Taliban rule. Throughout the book we discover what it means to be a woman in Afghanistan and that it in fact means very different things depending on the part of the country they live in, their family and its ambitions for them, their husband and, of course, the regime. It reminded me in many ways of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis series. Neighbours, Iran and Afghanistan have both gone through political and religious turmoils and the challenges met by women in both countries seem similar. The situation was obviously much worse in Afghanistan however, particularly under the Taliban rule. Whilst terribly oppressive, in particular against women, the Iranian Islamic regime does not meet the harshness the Taliban rule did in Afghanistan. The gripping, heartbreaking tale of the destinies of a country, betrayed time and again by its successive ‘saviours’, and of some of its habitants, A Thousand Splendid Suns is, as well as The Kite Runner, a must-read.
Amazing from start to finish! What I love about Hosseini is how realistic his books are. They feel very real and that's what captures my heart. I feel for the characters, I feel for the situation they are in, and most of all I feel for the author who must have worked up so much courage to write such a tragedy but also hopeful story. Two women brought up under different situations are somehow brought together to help each other. One being a victim of witnessing her own mother's death, and the other being a victim of her abusive husband.
Afghanistan has turned its men into such vicious creatures, who fully control the women of their country. Under no circumstance is a woman allowed to disobey the rules of men, the penalty is death in most cases. Anyone who is interested in finding out how those women overcome these circumstances, then you have to read this book! You will not be disappointed. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini's first book) takes place in the same setting with similar laws, except it centers on the lives of two young boys of the best of friends, pulled apart by a tragedy that only one can make amends for. Hosseini will never disappoint and his third book will be even better.
This book was very suspenseful and interesting. For a book made in a foreign country, it was somehow very relateable. I really liked how the book was separated into three parts; Mariam's, Lalia's, and then their stories together. It made the book easier to understand and you really got to know each one of them before you heard their story together. It was almost as if Mariam and Lalia were telling their stories to you. I really liked how into detail the book went. Each and every thing was described very thoroughly. The whole story was something that I am not used to mainly because they were in a culture where women were idolized, men could have more than one wife, and you got married off to someone. I also really liked how the setting was during the war because it gave a good setting that made the story more interesting. Also, I don't know what it's like to live in a war zone and to have that information was very cool. I think it was also nice to show how much having the abortions made Rasheed and Mariam's relationship go wrong. The whole book overall was an eye opener to other cultures and that's something I'm not used to. It was one of the best books I have ever read and I highly encourage you to read it.
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