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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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This was fantastic. Touching and true to the historical events involved within it. Definitely worth reading. ( )
  J9Plourde | Jun 13, 2017 |
I was slowly stunned at the overwhelming tragedy two women, like their beloved Kabul, Afghanistan, had to suffer, sacrifice, and endure at the hand of intimate patriarchal violence from their own husband(s) and/or cultural heritage to the Soviet invasion and the presence of the Taliban.

Their inner lives are a testament to the private wars they must face, from being privately masked in their burqas that they are coerced to wear, to the basic human rights they are so defiantly denied.

But it is also a testament to their own form of empowerment as women, their generous ability for compassion, their fierce and tenacious strength to love, and their own power in self-sacrifice and self-preservation.

These are resilient characters who in the very act of fear must summon fearlessness to proclaim and help rebuild not only a new Afghanistan, but themselves.

A tender and heart-wrenching novel. ( )
  ZaraD.Garcia-Alvarez | Jun 6, 2017 |
The story starts with Mariam, the "harami" (the forbidden illegitimate child) and her discovery that the father she adore and love is not the man she had revered. Mariam is told repeatedly, by her mother, that she'll never amount to anything because of the way she was conceived and despite her father's seemingly good gestures, he'll never love her the way he loves his "legitimate" children. However, Mariam is hopeful because of the way her father, Jalil, treats her when he visits them in their kolba (a place that is meant to keep Mariam and her mother away from Jalil's family). But when Mariam gets the idea to try to visit her father at his own home, she learns about the kind of man he truly is and later, after her mother's suicide, when she is forced by her father and his three wives to marry a man who is triple her age and abusive, she finally understands what her mother had warned her about.

Then it transition to Laila's story, a legitimate child born out of love, who is the apple of her father's eyes, and about 16 years Mariam's junior. Laila born and raised in the same town and street that Mariam lives with her husband, is all beauty and intellect. Laila is well loved and cared for despite her mother's absence (mentally and emotionally only) because she has an educated father who is present and loves her. Contrary to Mariam, Laila has been brought up to believe that despite being of the female sex she can have and be anything she wants. Though, that is thwart by the changing regime within Afghanistan, with the Mujahideen taking over after the Soviets and with infighting amongst their own faction - the violence within Kabul escalates with a bomb striking Laila's home and killing both Laila's parents and injuring Laila. Laila is rescued by Mariam's husband, Rasheed, and nursed back to health by Mariam. What Mariam and Laila fail to realize is that Rasheed has an ulterior motive for saving Laila and from there Mariam and Laila's story starts to intertwine in ways they never imagined and events start to unfold that will change both their lives and leave your heart weeping.

What a heartbreaking tale. I love the Kite Runner and am thoroughly impressed with A Thousand Splendid Suns as well. I've had the book sitting on my "to-read" shelf for awhile now and can't believe that I waited this long to read it. It was beautifully written and the two person narrative worked cohesively to present a startling contrast between the way the two women were born and raised.

I'm a complete sap and the first few pages had me in tears already. At one point towards the end, I was a complete sobbing mess so if you are looking for a book that will tug at your heartstrings this book with leave your heart heavy with sadness and a little bit of hope. Which I think is how reality is with regards to life in Afghanistan - lots of sadness and little hope. Khaled Hosseini really has a way with story-telling, especially stories involving families in the Middle East, which I feel humanizes them for people who have little regard for those in the Middle East. I love how Khaled Hosseini effortlessly detail the changes that Afghanistan has gone through in the last half century, how the changes are ass-backward moving from a progressing country back to a primitive country, especially Kabul. It's the author's personal knowledge in this area that really help give readers a perspective about Afghanistan that they wouldn't necessarily have known if they do not keep up with current events or know the history of Afghanistan. I can't wait for his next book and this time I don't think it'll sit very long on my "to-read" shelf. ( )
  jthao_02 | May 18, 2017 |
A modern epic. Very touchy, very vivid, very Hosseini. A gripping story that portrays the Sufferings of People of Afghanistan who were plagued by the Russian invasion, the civil war against the communists and the Taliban occupation. This novel shows how much pain a mother can endure to raise her child; all the frowning, the beatings, the insults, nothing can restrain her from being a mother. The tragic tale that starts from 1959 and ends in 2003, has made me cry on multiple occasions. Some tears were of joy, some of grief (well, mostly grief actually). Hosseini's easy flowing yet detailed prose enters directly into the heart. I also felt this novel is written using the same 'formula' from 'the kite runner'; putting the central character in a sea of sorrow who never gets a dime from the life, rather gets beaten up badly in every walk of life, apparently an underachiever who in the end, gets showered by love and breaking the hearts of the readers with a dramatic demise, that's more or less the 'formula' but it doesn't denigrate the quality, doesn't raise the question of its credibility, not a bit. Like the previous novel, this also sings the songs of hope in the end and conveys the message that one has to move on, no matter how much price is paid and how poignant the course of life is. Thank you Khalid Hosseini, for making me cry, again.

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  Shaker07 | May 18, 2017 |
"Mariam is in Laila's own heart, where she shines with the bursting radiance of a thousand suns" "But the game involves only male names. Because, if it is a girl, Laila has already named her." This book is about resilience. In a time and place, where being born a woman defines your future, this book is about adaptation and hope. And when all hope disappears, this book is about the greatest sacrifice. ( )
  soontobefree | May 1, 2017 |
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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 was five years old the first time she heard the word harami.
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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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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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