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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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Wow. I'm exhausted after reading this. One of very few books that bring tears to my eyes. Magnificent work. ( )
  gpaisley | Jun 18, 2016 |
Just plunge a knife in my heart and keep twisting until you plunge right through.
  pennylane78 | Jun 6, 2016 |
i absolutely loved this book.i know that mariam was a fictional character but i found her strength and dignity in the face of death to be very moving and humbling,even more so when you consider that these things really did and still are happening to people. ( )
  KarenDuff | Jun 1, 2016 |
This was an extremely powerful book. I knew a small amount about life for women under the Taliban. Mostly what I knew came from news reports after 9/11. This novel did an excellent job of explaining how life for Afghanistani women changed from Communist rule to present-day (2003). The author did such an excellent job portraying the two female characters and their emotions, I had to remind myself that the author was a man. I had to take the story in small doses though because it is a tear-jerker. ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. An amazing story and brilliantly written. It’s shocking how different cultures live and what rules they must live by. Teenage daughters are given away to older men to become obedient wives and feel the wrath of destruction and anger throughout the years of their marriage. However, some girls and young women follow their culture, love, honor their men and make the best of it.

This is a breathtaking story set in Afghanistan’s about two young girls becoming the wife to the same abusive husband, Rasheed, over the period of two generations. Mariam was the first wife who tried to give her husband a child and had numerous miscarriages. Rasheed got tired of Mariam and only had revenge for her.

The story proceeds with the tragic sweep of war and Laila homelessness because of an up-rising of fighting and bombing in the area where she lived. She lost both her parents. She was then taken in by Rasheed. Not long after she finds herself in a situation of becoming an unwed mother. The father of the baby, Tariq, moved away with his family when the war started. Then Rasheed, showing only good manners and respect towards Laila, asked her to be his second wife. Without much hesitation Laila said yes to marriage which solved her problem of being pregnant. She could now say Rasheed was the father. This made Mariam very furious but they managed to live all together in one house. Within weeks she announced she was going to have a baby. Rasheed was very proud. He wanted a son. Well Laila disappointed him tremendously. She had a baby girl and named her Aziza. Rasheed paid very little attention to Aziza. He didn’t think she had any of his features. Mariam his first wife is the one who fell in love with Aziza and watch out for her. Plus her relationship with Laila had reached to a mother and daughter loving connection.

Rasheed kept in the back of his mind of what he knew about Laila’s growing years and a boy she hung around with made him surmise the child wasn’t his. It wasn’t but a few years that Laila became pregnant again. This time she gave Rasheed a son. They named him, Zalmai.

There was so much going on with the Taliban and there invasion that so many people were trying to get away. Then things started to settle and Rasheed got a job at a hotel. He was no longer home all day. One afternoon unexpectedly a man comes to their house wanting to talk to Laila. When she comes to the door she is shocked….no, it can’t be, Tariq, the father of her daughter was standing in her doorway, … no, it can’t be, …she was told he was dead.

There is so much more to this story but I’ll end it here and just say you must read the book. This book was written with so much of decades of Afghan History playing out within this novel. Deeply moving tales of unforgiving times, violence, fear hope, love, family and the struggle to survive. At times it broke my heart to turn the pages. I felt like I knew these people and could feel the turmoil of events as if I was there. It’s an incredible well written accomplishment for Khaled Hosseini…….
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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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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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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