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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
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A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007)

by Khaled Hosseini

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This book provides a beautiful outlook into the various mentalities that prevails the Muslim cultures around the world, and how education can broaden one's horizons to change the beliefs of people around you.
This book is also able to show you the power of love, forgiveness and hope through different eyes like never before.
It is undoubtedly Hosseini's best work, at least IMHO. ( )
  abbas0786 | May 28, 2020 |
A fascinating and painful story depicting the privations and endurance of life in Kabul. The style is engaging and quickly drew me in. Having finished the book, I felt I had learned something new about the seemingly eternal personal conflicts in Afghanistan and the strategies that people use to carry on life as close to 'normal' as they can. ( )
  neal_ | Apr 10, 2020 |
This is a story about two women, a generation apart.

The first is Miriam, and illegitimate girl, who after the loss of her mother, is betrothed to Rasheed, a man 30 years older than her. He is cold and uncaring, and after she loses her unborn child the relationship as it is descends into a stalemate.

A few years later, after the Russians have invaded Afghanistan, Llalia's brothers are killed in the war, and after a moment with an very good friend, her parents are killed tragically too. She is offered as a second wife to Rahseed, and eagerly accepts, knowing that she is expecting already.

The women's relationship is very tense, Mariam seeing her as an usurper to the status quo she has enjoyed, and after the birth of her daughter it reaches another level of animosity. And as the Soviets withdraw from the country and the Taliban being their cruel grip on the country the women see their common enemy lies within.

This is a grim read at times, as Hosseini writes about the wider issues facing Afghanistan through the prism of the family, and society as a whole. There are no punched pulled in the book, and whilst not every family situation in the country would be as complex as this, every family will have been touched by some of these elements at some point.

It is really well written, it makes you engage and sympathise with the women and you feel for their hardships and pain in the tumultuous household. The issues that he covers, in particular with the wider cultural issues, are still being addressed today in this war torn country. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
4.5 stars ( )
  slittleson | Mar 19, 2020 |
Nice story of friendship and overcoming. ( )
  KeithHazen | Mar 14, 2020 |
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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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Hosseini, Khaledprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bourgeois, ValérieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caspersen, Alis FriisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Divjak, DarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Šenkyřík, LadislavTranslatorsecondary 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.
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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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