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A Thousand Splendid Suns Illustrated Edition (original 2007; edition 2009)

by Khaled Hosseini

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Title:A Thousand Splendid Suns Illustrated Edition
Authors:Khaled Hosseini
Info:Riverhead Hardcover (2009), Edition: Ill, Hardcover, 384 pages
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Amazing! Simply amazing ( )
  laura.w.douglas | Feb 7, 2015 |
Amazing! Simply amazing ( )
  laura.w.douglas | Feb 7, 2015 |
The author's primary purpose in this novel, as far as I can tell, was to engender sympathy for the plight of innocent Afghans. The books depicts common Afghans as Sisyphus-like prisoners, suffering for generations under a wide variety of evils. I was not entertained, but this novel certainly made me feel bad for Afghans.

Bleak, depressing, and personal, the book still provides a vivid and occasionally (momentarily) joyful story. Events are mostly the miserable conditions of some women under an oppressive regime and the equally oppressive yoke of domestic abuse. Some of the book's villains are slightly humanized, but for the most part they are unreservedly evil caricatures. Even a mildly happy ending is marred with implications of future misery for the book's few wounded survivors.

I can't imagine recommending this book to anyone. ( )
1 vote wishanem | Jan 27, 2015 |
Another wonderful book from this author. This book follows the connection between family and acquaintances, documenting each characters' life story. ( )
  magnolia2 | Jan 6, 2015 |
This is a fantastic book. It gives great insight into the vents in Afghanistan between the Soviet invasion and today. Considering the subject matter and probably most people's faulty perceptions of that country, it ends on a hopeful note. I had a break at the halfway point of this book having read half in one sitting, to read a couple of other books and came back and finished the rest in one sitting.

If you can't handle harsh treatment of women, this book is not for you. The punishments and injustices meted out to the female characters are nothing short of galling. Take your blood pressure pills if you need them. Given that, there are some wonderful male characters and for all that the women in the book go through, they are strong and noble in every possible way.

Afghanistan is like many countries with a long history of occupation - an occupation that has lasted thousands of years. The people are resilient and always looking for ways to rebuild and reshape in light of events that have occurred. Towards the end of the book, it is interesting to note that despite how the West perceives the Taliban role, Afghani's mount their own private insurrections. This is a familiar story that can be read in the history of any occupied country where the people have subtle ways of rebelling.

All that being said - it made me think a lot about capitalism, which isn't all that great, and democracy which is all that and more. People don't fight to be able to buy blue jeans and tvs and become enslaved to jobs with tyrannical employers so they can "afford" things. People want freedom to live the little lives of quiet desperation that democracy affords. What is the difference between a monopoly dollar and a u.s. dollar? Only the value we attribute to it. This book will make you think. ( )
  ozzieslim | Dec 28, 2014 |
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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.
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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.
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Nobody could count the moons that shined on her roofs,
or the thousand splendid suns that hid behind her walls
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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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Of Mariam and Laila,
Of love and heartache.
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Amidst the turmoil and chaos that ensue following the fall of the monarchy in 1973, two Afghan women are thrown together by fate.

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