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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Khaled Hosseini

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Title:A Thousand Splendid Suns
Authors:Khaled Hosseini
Info:Riverhead Hardcover (2007), Hardcover, 384 pages
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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 |
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 | Jul 9, 2018 |
Kabul, Afghanistan
One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,
Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls

- Saib-e-Tabrizi

I cannot write a proper review of this book. By the end, I was weeping so that it was difficult to see the words on the page, they swam before my eyes. I would stop, clear my eyes, stop crying, pick up the book and almost immediately proceed to cry again. I cannot remember the last time a book hit me at such an emotional level.

I read Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed earlier this year and thought it an excellent work, and he an excellent writer. It was nothing compared to this. And, a bonus is that I came away feeling I have some deeper understanding of the people and the region for which so much American blood has been spilt. I’m am sure I could never look at the conflict or the people in a dispassionate way having read this heartfelt novel.

I have had this book sitting on a table waiting to be the next book up for years. I put it on my challenge last year and it was the only book there that I did not complete. I have reached over it to grab lesser books and have no explanation for why. Don’t let this happen to you. If you have not read A Thousand Splendid Suns you are missing something important. ( )
  phantomswife | Jul 6, 2018 |
Amazing! Want to read it again! I didn't think he could outdo Kite Runner but this novel was eye-opening, breathtaking, heartbreaking all in one. Highly, highly recommend!

The tale follows two women across decades of war, love, heartbreak, faith & family:

Mariam, lives with her mother out in the middle of nowhere. Her father is a rich businessman, Jalil, but he does not live with them, seemingly ashamed by his illegitimate daughter, but still comes to see her - almost weekly. Mariam ADORES him. But then tragedy strikes and Jalil in turn forces Mariam to move to Kabul and marry an older, cruel man named Rasheed.

Laila, who is raised in Kabul but grows up in a life very different than Mariams. Her family is loving, and her father loves her very much, and is always present. She has friends and a boyfriend and a wonderful life.

Layla and Mariam lives are eventually woven together in an intimate, tragic and emotional way.

All the feels for this book! The emotions will hit you hard and it's a testament to Hosseini's incredible storytelling that to me, has no faults. A must read.
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  Bookapotamus | Jun 27, 2018 |
Beautiful, beautiful book.

[a:Khaled Hosseini|569|Khaled Hosseini|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1359753468p2/569.jpg] did a wonderful job of showing how relationships can develop and change over time. The disparity between the sexes, the differences in interpretations of the same text - so much to delve into here! I enjoyed this book significantly more than [b:Kite Runner|77203|The Kite Runner|Khaled Hosseini|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1309288316s/77203.jpg|3295919], quite possibly just because it was something I could relate to more than the gap in classes that [b:Kite Runner|77203|The Kite Runner|Khaled Hosseini|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1309288316s/77203.jpg|3295919] examined.

[a:Khaled Hosseini|569|Khaled Hosseini|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1359753468p2/569.jpg] has a real gift for writing, and I greatly look forward to reading more from him. I greatly hope that his new book has a similarly hopeful message that this one ended on... ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 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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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 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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