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Mil soles espléndidos by khaled_hosseini

Mil soles espléndidos (original 2007; edition 2007)

by khaled_hosseini (Author)

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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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This novel appears to be a mirror of the writer’s first novel, The Kite Runner, which I enjoyed. However it’s the same old same old. The main difference is that the main characters are two girls growing up on different sides of the track. The style of writing is the same. It reads like a fable, which was novel in Kite Runner, but I’d had enough.

Just couldn’t stick with this as there are so many good books waiting out there, and life is short. ( )
  kjuliff | Jan 18, 2023 |
I enjoyed this book. I did shed a tear twice but only one.

In the beginning you come to understand Mariam and are able to see the story through her eyes; I felt what she felt.

History is lightly woven throughout but does not take you out of the story.

The story is told from two perspectives which is good as you get a different perspective, but at the same time I lamented being taken out of Mariam's story so soon, left to wonder what had occurred for some 10 years and how she changed as a person. As a result I felt distanced from her and unable to connect to the future representation of her. This wasn't helped by the fact that I couldn't connect to the other character Laila enough to get into the story again like I did at the start with Mariam's story. I also didn't find myself connecting to the children either.

Overall, it is an interesting story, but I'm not sure how well the character POV segregation works (loved the beginning much more than the rest), there are also a lot of 'missing' years you do not read about which disconnects you from the story.

The writing is good, but not spectacular. ( )
1 vote spiritedstardust | Dec 29, 2022 |
Një tjetër kulminacion letrar i Khaled Hosseini-t, i cili e tejkalon "Gjuetari i balonave". Ka edhe më shumë për të mësuar nga ky roman...
  BibliotekaFeniks | Oct 31, 2022 |
Set in Afghanistan in the 1960s to 2000s, this is the story of two women, Mariam and Laila. Mariam’s mother formerly worked in Jalil’s household. When she became pregnant, she was expelled from the family’s home by Jalil’s three wives. Mariam and her mother live outside town near a river, where her father visits regularly. When tragedy strikes, Mariam is married off to Rasheed, a much older man who lives in Kabul.

Laila is younger than Mariam. She lives in Kabul with her family. Her life is also disrupted by tragedy and she becomes Rasheed’s second wife. At first Mariam and Laila are at odds, but they eventually learn to love and protect each other from Rasheed’s abuse. The storyline portrays the historic conflicts in Afghanistan – the Russian-backed communists, rise of the Taliban, and the arrival of the Americans.

This book is extremely well-crafted. The prose is elegant, the characters feel authentic, and the story is engaging. I was amazed at the direction it took at the end and impressed at how it could be extremely sad and yet uplifting at the same time. I have now read three of Hosseini’s works and this one is my favorite.
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1 vote Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
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  Nadia678 | Sep 12, 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
Divjak, DarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elazar, ZilaTranslatorsecondary 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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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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