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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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It is hard for me to put into words how much I loved this book. It has been quite a long time since I've read such a poignant portrayal of female friendship, bound by mutual pain and resentment, these two women form a bond that is both beautiful and heartbreaking.

I read Kite Runner years ago, so its hard to remember the particulars, but I think this book is a great companion piece. Kite Runner focused on the lives and tragedies of men growing up in Afghanistan in the years of Soviet rule & the rise of the Taliban. A Thousand Splendid Suns focuses on the women.

I think this a book I will go back to and read again, but first I have to let it sink in a bit more. I was quite sad to finish it. ( )
  jenkies720 | Jun 7, 2024 |
A book that follow's two Afghanistan women that represent a different, a more dynamic, Afghanistan. It shows a more pluralistic Afghanistan than is usually being portrayed in the media. The time line starts of during early 1970s which are relatively calm, peaceful times. Then a turn to war takes place, and Afghanistan becomes akin to a warlord state. In fact, based on the descriptions of warlords, it does become a warlord state. It is like following a country from what appears to be a market economy with many similarities with the so called Western economy, to a communist nation, and the inevitable rapid decline to war economy. A degrading of a country by a few hundred years, in a short few decades. This author is very good at creating many beginnings and ends in one single book. Many different climaxes arise. ( )
  Eugene_Kernes | Jun 4, 2024 |
I have so many thoughts but the loudest one is mostly just around exploitation of certain stories in fiction. ( )
  Moshepit20 | Jun 2, 2024 |
Hosseini's second novel of Afghanistan tells the story of two women: Mariam and Laila, beginning with their very different childhoods in disparate parts of the country, and weaving their stories together with expertise. It is a book that probes the unfair way that women are treated by society, by men, by women. Often shocking and raw, the book makes the statement that things need to change, that women need to band together against those who would have them downtrodden.

I liked the book very much, and its message even more. It was an excellent story that kept me reading for hours, and I look forward to Hosseini's next book, waiting for me on my bookshelves. ( )
  ahef1963 | May 18, 2024 |
I thought this was quite a bit less engrossing than the Kite Runner. There is a lot going on in this book, but somehow very little actually happens. The constantly switching perspectives (sometimes multiple times in the same page), while not confusing, really underscored the lack of action (it took "moving the camera" to really intrigue the reader). Probably my biggest fault was that the characters were not that believable. I know this is a difficult claim to make - undoubtedly there are many people whose lives and personalities are well described by this book, but in the context of the novel some aspects of how Mariam, Jalil, Rasheed, etc. behaved struck me as oddly out of character - something that did not occur in the Kite Runner.

Overall, worse characterization and a weaker plot than his first novel. There are still things to be learned from this book, but I didn't feel compelled to finish it in the same way. ( )
  mrbearbooks | Apr 22, 2024 |
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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
Elazar, ZilaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hansen, WTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jęczmyk, AnnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kāẓimī, BītāTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kokkinou, VasilikēTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kovačić, MarkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Li, JingyiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lizarazu, Josune ZuzuarreguiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Mēnōn, RamāTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Middelthon, Elisabet W.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Nguyễn, Thị Hương ThảoTranslatorsecondary 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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