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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
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A Thousand Splendid Suns (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Khaled Hosseini

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Title:A Thousand Splendid Suns
Authors:Khaled Hosseini
Info:Riverhead Trade (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 432 pages
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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (2007)

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This book covers 30 years of time in Afghanistan. The story is mainly about two women named Mariam and Laila and it follows them from childhood to adult hood. The book starts with the Soviet invasion and ends with the overthrow of the Taliban. The women are separated in age by about 14 years, but when Laila becomes a teenager, they are thrown together in a situation that brings them from being enemies to sisters. Along the way there is love, heartache, and death in both of their lives.



It is hard to describe too much about this book without giving away the plot, but I think this might be my favorite book of this year. It is going to be hard to beat, and it is only January. The Kite Runner was magnificent and ended up being my favorite book last year, and this book as equally as good. I had a hard time putting it down wanting to read just one more chapter. There is a love story for Laila that you fight for when the boy she loves is torn away from her. There is heartache for Mariam that you wish she could escape from, but she never can. And you learn a lot about what it was like for Afghani women during this time and are thankful for living where you do.



Run to get this book. It is a must read. ( )
  JenMat | Jan 10, 2019 |
This wasn't terrible, but The Kite Runner was much better. I felt that this novel lacked the force and impetus of Hosseini's earlier work. Overall, a disappointing read. ( )
  DanielSTJ | Dec 17, 2018 |
This might be blasphemous of me, but I liked this book more than the Kite Runner. ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
A moving and powerful book about an unlikely friendship between 2 very different women whose lives intertwine. It is a personal and small-scale exploration of the terrible history of Afghanistan and how it has affected the ordinary people living there. It captures the helplessness of the women, how hard it is to improve their situation. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Oct 18, 2018 |
More like a 3.5... I read A Thousand Splendid Suns a few weeks after I finished and loved Kite Runner. I enjoyed this book as well. I liked that it was from two women's prospectives, Mariam and Laila, and they remained in Afghanistan during the same time period. It's sad that so much has happened to that country and before it took place it seemed like a relatively good place to live. Mariam and Laila's stories were very different until they intertwined. I didn't expect the plot to do that but I was glad it did. Even more surprising was how much they grew and learned to understand each other. Overall I enjoyed the plot and characters, I wish there was more detail about their relationship and less about the political drama happening in Afghanistan. ( )
  wellreadcatlady | Oct 4, 2018 |
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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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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.
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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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Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in wartorn Kabul, losses incurred over the course of thirty years that test the limits of their strength and courage.

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