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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007)

by Khaled Hosseini

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More like a 3.5... I read A Thousand Splendid Suns a few weeks after I finished and loved Kite Runner. I enjoyed this book as well. I liked that it was from two women's prospectives, Mariam and Laila, and they remained in Afghanistan during the same time period. It's sad that so much has happened to that country and before it took place it seemed like a relatively good place to live. Mariam and Laila's stories were very different until they intertwined. I didn't expect the plot to do that but I was glad it did. Even more surprising was how much they grew and learned to understand each other. Overall I enjoyed the plot and characters, I wish there was more detail about their relationship and less about the political drama happening in Afghanistan. ( )
  wellreadcatlady | Oct 4, 2018 |
[A Thousand Splendid Suns] is Hosseini's second novel. The story takes place mostly in Afghanistan,but minor parts also in Pakistan. This novel shows the wretchedness of the human spirit as well as the overriding will to survive at any cost against unimaginable grief, loss, cruelty, and unspeakable tragedy.

This novel covers the period from the Soviet Invasion through 2009. Afghani life is changed drastically depending upon whom is in charge: The Soviets, the muhaideen, the war lords or the Taliban. The descriptions of how the country changes is in detail, and terror, especially when Afghanistan becomes the Islamic State of Afghanistan

The novel focuses on two women: Miriam, a "bastard" child who is married off to a cobbler 20-30 years her senior and Laila, a pregnant, unwed mother. These two women should be enemies, but fear and survival cement their friendship and commitment, even unto death.

A gut-wrenching tear-jerker of a book that will haunt me for sometime. ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Sep 3, 2018 |
Sorry, the kiterunner left me gasping for more of the author's work but this work seems more like a documentary rather than a literary work. The last page which said that he was now an ambassador and was working towards relief work for the country somehow seems to have taken over his literary sensibilities. I could not appreciate it as much as I loved kiterunner. ( )
  ashkrishwrites | Aug 29, 2018 |
Brutal. Heartbreaking. Horrifying. These are just some of the adjectives I use to describe this tale. Two wives of an Afghani businessman become uneasy allies and then friends as they both experience the cruelty and inhumanity of their husband. This novel, set during the political,uprising in Afghanistan also explores the status of women loving under Taliban rule. Mr Hosseini has become one of my favorite authors as he is a wonderful writer with a captivating engrossing style. While there are some difficult pas#ages, the characters pain is balanced by their will to live and the power to love. ( )
  cdyankeefan | Aug 28, 2018 |
Excerpts from my original GR review (Jul 2009):
- This is a very good, skillfully told story. Hosseini employs a spare, fast-shifting presentation. His descriptions are not highly nuanced...but his style is the right one for this decades-spanning novel. The period here runs from the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, a time of shifting political unions, violence between warlord factions, and the resultant fear, intrigue and disillusionment among the populace; through the defeat and exit of the Russians and the takeover by the Taliban in the political vacuum; through the abrupt and earthshaking changes in the wake of the 9-11 bombings.
- Hosseini's emotional attachment to, and love for, his native Afghanistan is not only clear, but I think helps burrow his tale into every heart and "gut" that reads this. Miriam-jo might be the central, sorrowed soul of this book, but I'd argue that Afghanistan and its people are really the nucleus.
- After reading his second book, I'd say the author is on his way to becoming an American treasure. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Aug 7, 2018 |
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Hosseini doesn’t seem entirely comfortable writing about the inner lives of women and often resorts to stock phrases. Yet Hosseini succeeds in carrying readers along because he understands the power of emotion as few other popular writers do.
Anyone whose heart strings were pulled by Khaled Hosseini's first, hugely successful novel, The Kite Runner, should be more than satisfied with this follow-up. Hosseini is skilled at telling a certain kind of story, in which events that may seem unbearable - violence, misery and abuse - are made readable.
added by mikeg2 | editThe Guardian, Natasha Walter (May 19, 2007)
Vi følger to afghanske kvinners liv gjennom tre tiår med krig og Talibans tyranni. Mariam er en harami ­– uekte datter av en rik forretningsmann. Laila en oppvakt og moderne jente fra Kabul.

Gjennom skjebnens luner forenes deres veier, og de blir allierte i kamp mot en brutal ektemann og et krigersk, kvinneundertrykkende samfunn.

Hosseini gir en brutal, men nyansert beskrivelse av den patriarkalske despotismen som gjør kvinner avhengige av fedre, ektemenn og sønner. Men tross all sorg og urettferdighet, vold og fattigdom, mord og henrettelser, løfter Hosseini og hans kvinnelige hovedpersoner leseren med seg videre og nekter oss å gi opp håpet.

"Nok en kunstnerisk triumf og garantert bestselger fra denne fryktløse forfatteren."
Kirkus Review

"I tilfelle du skulle lure på om Khaled Hosseinis Tusen strålende soler er like god som Drageløperen er svaret: Nei. Den er bedre."
Washington Post

"En uimotståelig beretning."
NRK Kulturnytt

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Bourgeois, ValérieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caspersen, Alis FriisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is dedicated to Haris and Farah, both the noor of my eyes, and to the women of Afghanistan.
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Mariam was five years old the first time she heard the word harami.
Nobody could count the moons that shined on her roofs,
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Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry the troubled and bitter Rasheed, who is thirty years her senior. Nearly two decades later, in a climate of growing unrest, tragedy strikes fifteen-year-old Laila, who must leave her home and join Mariam's unhappy household. Laila and Mariam are to find consolation in each other, their friendship to grow as deep as the bond between sisters, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. With the passing of time comes Taliban rule over Afghanistan, the streets of Kabul loud with the sound of gunfire and bombs, life a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear, the women's endurance tested beyond their worst imaginings. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism. In the end it is love that triumphs over death and destruction.
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Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in wartorn Kabul, losses incurred over the course of thirty years that test the limits of their strength and courage.

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