A Thousand Splendid Suns Online PDF 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 Sometimes a book just sucks you in, so much so that when you pick it up at 9:30 p.m on a Friday night to start reading it because you are so very behind on the huge pile of bigs you have to read and this particular one is due on Tuesday and you doubt that you will be able to renew it because there are so many holds on it and you find that you just keep reading it and reading it without stopping because you can't find a decent place to take a break and suddenly (or perhaps not so suddenly...) it's 5:30 in the morning and you have finished the book. Such was A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini's latest novel, which i think i enjoyed even more than The Kite Runner (and i loved The Kite Runner). This is more than "a female version of The Kite Runner" (not to in any way belittle whatever that would be). This is a tale of many women's lives (mainly that of Mariam's and Laila's, two women of different generations raised in very diffferent worlds who must learn to make a family of each other) from the soviet invasion through the Taliban and the jihads that followed up until 2003. This is a beutiful, brutal tale. Tears would flow, then they would dry, then they would flow again. This is the type of novel that makes you feel as if you are being let in on someone else's life. It begins with the enchantment of youth and, just as in youth, too quickly disillusions, in ways both expected and unexpected. It is told with Hosseini extreme pogiency and sensitivity. He has the voice of a poet, and i at no time sensed this was a man telling a woman's story (which was a good thing) nor did he ever sink into sentimentality, which his matter could have easily let him do. Wonderfully descriptive and full of awe.
This is a book I wasn't keen to read because I hear enough about the middle-east in the daily news. I didn't read the Kite Runner due to the fact that the topic of child rape is broached and that kept me resistant toward reading any of this author's books. However, I decided to go ahead and read Thousand Splendid Suns after a friend gave it to me as a gift. It was going to be my vacation reading. Some vacation reading! Death, terrorism, spousal abuse, war, cruelty. But hear me out for a minute -- in these pages exists the beauty of the human spirit and the salvation and love that can be found in unexpected friendships. I read and re-read the excerpt of the poem which gives rise to the title. The lines are supposed to be about Kabul -- "One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls". However, there is a deeper message that lies behind these engimatic lines. I believe it's the enduring spirit of the Divine Feminine which is likened in many esoterical eastern writings: the "splendor of a thousand suns" (see the Bhagavad Gita) or "The sun, moon, fire and other luminous bodies shine with but an extremely small fragment of Light borrowed from They infinite splendor" (Secrets of Kundalini in Panchastavi). In many worldwide myths and religions, the moon is considered representative of the feminine, and the creative energy which pervades the universe also has feminine attributes. The feminine endures in this tale of 2 women caught up in the turmoil of war in Afghanistan and its tragic culmination in Taliban rule. I was so caught up in this story that I couldn't put the book down, and even read portions out loud to my husband who shared my anger and sorrow over treatment of women in many parts of the middle east. For anyone who wants to read an unforgettable Dickensian-type tale for the 21st century, please pick up this book.
This book opened my eyes to a world I know little about. I was amazed by the accounts of violence toward women in this day and age. I thought the author did a beautiful job of describing these women's turbulent lives with grace and dignity. He painted them as heroines who, despite the great amount of adversity they faced on a daily basis, persevered through personal heartache and difficulties. I honestly cried from this book. At first I was skeptical, and, having never read "The Kite Runner", I didn't know what to expect. I read this for my book club and heard that it was fantastic. As I started to read, I wasn't too sure. It details the lives of two young women growing up in war-torn Afghanistan. In the end, their fates are sealed as a result of their connection. There are some historically accurate accounts of war and the damage it did on the country. The novel begins about 30-40 years ago and continues right up to present day. In fact, there is a scene where Laila, one of the main characters, watches the Twin Towers implode on television. I was amazed at the courage these women showed in the face of so much turmoil, hardship, and violence. This was a fantastic read! Some of the scenes were a bit disturbing to read, but I couldn't put this down. I found myself cheering on the protagonists and hoping there would be a light at the end of their dark journey.
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