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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 The details so life-like and the situations so agonizing. A Thousand Splendid Suns, is a poignant story that'll move you and leave you wondering about the adversities that dwell beyond our comfortable world. An account set against the turbulent war background in Afghanistan, painted through the words of two women whose lives are weaved together in a place where happiness and hope have dried up like parched lips in drought. A male author's description of such tragic incidents has amazed me. The characters represent typical Afghani women and the sufferings they endured during the war period. The analogies drawn make the narration so staggeringly beautiful and deep.For instance, the characteristic of earthquake to be more dangerous in depth yet appearing as mere tremors on surface is so aptly compared with Aziza's condition in orphanage. She is so happy outside, hardlya reflection of what boils deep inside. These lines below are kind of a spoiler, if you haven't read, but need mention here just because without it the review is incomplete. Indispensably, they capture the gist. Mariam wished for so much in those final moments. Yet as she closed her eyes, it was not regret any longer but a sensation of abundant peace that washed over her. She thought of her entry into this world, the harami child of a lowly villager, an unintended thing, a pitiable, regrettable accident. A weed. And yet she was leaving the world as a woman who had loved and been loved back. She was leaving it as a friend, a companion, a guardian. A mother. A person of consequence at last. No. It was not so bad, Mariam thought, that she should die this way. Not so bad. This was a legitimate end to a life of illegitimate belongings. So, if you haven't realized what Afghan war did to the innocents, read this book to enlighten you about the hardships that entailed. Don't miss the opportunity to be a listener to one of the most heart-wrenching tale ever told or at least ever read by me. A tale of overcoming harships and biting bad time, in wait of the good. As a line says: " Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.â€? PS: Looking forward to Khalid Hosseini's The Kite Runner, only that I already have seen the movie. Still the narrative of the book will be unparalled, I have gauged !
I was very reluctant to read this book. I tried to read "The Kite Runner" a few years ago and I hated the violence in the story and I ended up shoving it to the back of a drawer. The violent rape images were extremely distributing to me. After three weeks of procrastination I made up my mind to give this book a chance as book club was a week away and I wanted to be able to participate in the discussion. It was hard. Right away the book brought out negative emotions. I was upset at the injustices imposed upon Mariam and the dreary path her life had taken. Then it was time to learn Laila's story. It started off good and it gave me hope that the story was going to take a positive turn. Nope. It quickly went downhill for both women. Sad. Sad. Sad. It is hard to imagine how the the two women endured living with Rasheed and his brutal ways. Then add the stringent political climate and life seemed truly awful. But the women endured and found bits of happiness in their friendship and joy in the two children.
I appreciated the history lesson. It was eye opening to read of the many political changes that have happened in Afghanistan in the last 30 years. I am glad I put in the time to finish this book. One of the things I like most about books are their ability to make me think. I appreciate that the authors gave me a new perspective on Afghanistan and it allowed me to get realize there is more to their country then the Taliban I am sure this story will stay with me for a long time.
It's difficult to summarize this book accurately and fairly. The best I can do is to say that while reading it, you begin to understand that there really aren't any important differences between people anywhere. Their surroundings can be different - and, sadly, are extremely different, at least for the vast majority of us who are fortunate enough to be able to read this book - but the people are not. Mariam and Laila and Tariq and Rasheed could be anyone, anywhere. Their circumstances helped shape them into the characters they became, but they are you and I as well. We could easily be there; they could easily be here. It's a shame to read of the extreme difficulties that have apparently been facing Afghans for decades (how would I know? No one ever explained things like this to me) and to know that there's so little that can be done about it. How do you change a mindset like the Taliban's? How can you save an entire country? How many Afghans even want the kind of country we might want to provide for them? Where do you even begin? (Perhaps at home. There are clearly more than a few people here in the US who wouldn't mind the kind of society that was forced upon Afghans once the Soviets were driven out. It makes you realize the foolishness of our anti-Communist-at-all-costs policies.)
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