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A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007)

by Khaled Hosseini

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Absolutely brilliant. ( )
  fatmashahin | Sep 23, 2017 |
Two women growing up in war-torn Afghanistan. Well written and gives the reader a very different prospective of life in this country. ( )
  addunn3 | Aug 29, 2017 |
An intricate story that had such a deep impact on me, especially as a woman. What a powerful tale. ( )
  CherieKephart | Aug 3, 2017 |
I had read the Kite Runnner by accident. I needed a book to read in the summer of 2005 on an international flight back home. As I skimmed through some books in the airport bookstore I thought that it would do. I was entralled and finished the book by the next day. It was the first book in a long time that had brought me to tears. For this reason I put off reading "A thousand Splendid Suns" until now.

This book captured my attention as if I was a helpless bystander who wanted to take the hands of Mariam and Laila and soothe their pain away, but could do nothing. At times it was hard to read without becoming emotional, and not wanting to break into tears on my morning commute with a train full of others, I would have to take a rest for a few days. I finished the book today, and shed a lot of tears. "A Thousand Splendid Suns" depicts the the capacity of humans to love selflessly, and in that love empower strength an courage within themselves ( )
  Ann27 | Jul 26, 2017 |
Immerses you into a difficult Afgan world where somehow life maintains value and meaning. Warmly and at times heartbreakingly told story - worth your time. ( )
  KenMcLain | Jul 18, 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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Khaled Hosseiniprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bourgeois, ValérieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caspersen, Alis FriisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Nguyễn, Thị Hương ThảoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Savikurki, KristiinaTranslatorsecondary 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,
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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