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A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007)

by Khaled Hosseini

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Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in war-torn Kabul, losses incurred over the course of thirty years that test the limits of their strength and courage.
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Áhrifamikil saga með sterkum persónum og lifandi lýsingum sem fá lesandann til að sjá örbirgðina og erfiðar aðstæður íbúa Afganistans, ekki síst kvenna. Margverðlaunuð saga og á það vel skilið. Opnar annan veruleika fyrir okkur Vesturlandabúum sem höfum horft á og lesið um stríðin í Afganistan úr fjarlægð. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
A good but not a pleasant read. Takes place in Afghanistan from the sixties to 2002 and does justice to the country and the history. ( )
  charlie68 | Apr 18, 2022 |
We know this author from The Kite Runner, which was both heartbreaking and hopeful. A Thousand Splendid Suns runs in the same vein, with a key difference: this story centers on two women, Laila and Mariam. It spans some thirty years and is set largely in Kabul.

The women share a deep "kinship" via shared loss, grief, and suffering. They understand each other. They also manage to eke out lives of dignity in a harsh environment within a country shattered by war, deprivation, and violence, both personal and political. (Can we just say for the record that "Rasheed" gives skunks a bad name?)

Chronicling the volatile events of three decades of Afghanistan history, including the Soviet invasion, the Taliban and post-Taliban rebuilding, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a powerful, poignant story of family and friendship. Well worth the read. ( )
  Kristine1 | Apr 9, 2022 |
Having read the Kite Runner previously in April 2008, And the Mountains Echoed in Sept 2014 (6 years later) and now this is the 3rd book in March 2022 (8 years later) I expect at this rate to read another Hosseini masterpiece sometime in 2032 if I make it till then! No doubt the emotional load that his writing contains leaves one thoughtful, appreciative and grateful for what one has in life but yeah they are tough to read. I listened to the audiobook this time around which was well narrated and I sped through it in about 6 days. Shukran Khaled for the beautiful way in which you depict Afghanistan, the deep characters that you create that we get so attached to and the history/politics of the country and the region. ( )
  thanesh | Mar 30, 2022 |
I cried reading this.... I'm not sure how such a heartbreaking story could be beautiful, but it is.
War is so ugly and I'll never understand how some people could further it or support it in any way.
The characters are complex and wonderfully written and the story which spans several decades is masterfully woven.
Wow ( )
  MaryyZahra | Mar 9, 2022 |
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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
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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.
[Afterword] For almost three decades now, the Afghan refugee crisis has been one of the most severe around the globe.
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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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Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in war-torn Kabul, losses incurred over the course of thirty years that test the limits of their strength and courage.

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