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A masterful narrative . He is a storyteller of dizzying power (Evening Standard)
Hosseini has that rare thing, a Dickensian knack for storytelling (Daily Telegraph)
A gripping tale . It is, too a powerful portrait of female suffering and endurance under the Taliban (Daily Mail)
A beautifully crafted and disturbing story . As unforgettable as The Kite Runner, this novel places us in Afghanistan with an open heart (Isabel Allende)
A heartfelt saga that encompasses romance and melodrama, personal and political intrigue, the onslaught of war and dispossession (Independent)
If he cut his teeth by writing about his countrymen, it is the plight of Afghanistan's women that has brought him to realise his full powers as a novelist (The Times)
A Thousand Splendid Suns has all the particularity of a novel and all the force of a fable . It reads, in many ways, like an old-fashioned romance adventure (Mail on Sunday)
Hosseini has done it again . A Thousand Splendid Suns is a triumph. In Khaled Hosseini, Afghanistan has at last found a voice (Financial Times)
About the Author
Khaled Hosseini is the author of The Kite Runner, which was a major film and was a Book of the Decade, chosen by The Times, Daily Telegraph and Guardian. A Thousand Splendid Suns was the Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year in 2008. And the Mountains Echoed was chosen for the Richard & Judy Summer Book Club in 2014, and readers voted it as their favourite of all the titles. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. Sea Prayer, his fourth book, was inspired by Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed upon the beach in Turkey in September 2015. Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and lives in northern California.
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- Publisher : Riverhead Books; Reprint Edition (November 25, 2008)
- Publication Date : November 25, 2008
- Print Length : 379 pages
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B000SCHC0Q
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- Best Sellers Rank: #21,952 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Although they come from different generations, they encounter the same hardship, pain and suffering in changing Afghanistan and it’s brutal and violent history.
I do not want to write more about the story itself, as I do not want to spoil it for anyone who has not yet read it.
After breezing through some of the reviews, I started to read this book with very high expectations. This novel exceeded them and left me completely overwhelmed.
One of the best reads ever, and I do read A LOT. An eye opener. A perspective changer. It made me cry and it tied my stomach in a knot multiple times.
I read through some pages pressing one of my hands on my mouth, wishing for what was happening to end and for the characters to stop suffering.
Although this book was so hard to put down, I did it just to get up at night to hug and kiss my sleeping little daughters. I stayed awake just to keep reading.
With all the noise around flags, to kneel or not to kneel during national anthem etc. this should be an obligatory read for everyone who is privileged to live in a peaceful country.
A MUST read.
This is *not* light reading. It is extremely heart-wrenching from start to finish. (I would also say that, if you are a survivor of domestic violence, be prepared for very descriptive passages of beatings, rape, strangulation, isolation, and other horrific abuse.) From the horrors of abuse to the horrors of war, this book does not leave any dark part of the human heart unexplored. And that is why it is so difficult to read.
At the same time, it was not a book I could give up on. The character dynamics in the book are so complex that, after a while, they truly seemed like real people. The enduring power of Mariam's spirit is, all at once, beautiful, inspiring, and heartbreaking. And, even in a time of war, love and friendship ultimately survive.
This story also gives some insight to Western readers about what Afghanistan was like, pre-9/11.
I highly recommend this book and will be reading more by this author.
I applaud this author for his courage in taking what we hear about in the news, and turning it into something we can feel. Only then will people take action to help.
The tale follows two women across decades of war, love, heartbreak, faith & family:
Mariam, lives with her mother out in the middle of nowhere. Her father is a rich businessman, Jalil, but he does not live with them, seemingly ashamed by his illegitimate daughter, but still comes to see her - almost weekly. Mariam ADORES him. But then tragedy strikes and Jalil in turn forces Mariam to move to Kabul and marry an older, cruel man named Rasheed.
Laila, who is raised in Kabul but grows up in a life very different than Mariams. Her family is loving, and her father loves her very much, and is always present. She has friends and a boyfriend and a wonderful life.
Layla and Mariam lives are eventually woven together in an intimate, tragic and emotional way.
All the feels for this book! The emotions will hit you hard and it's a testament to Hosseini's incredible storytelling that to me, has no faults. A must read.
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When I did, a week ago I was engulfed by the beauty of Khaled's writing.
Beauty is when you are not willing to believe the characters are fictional.
Beauty is when you decide with firm conviction that maybe, in some distant future your child will bear the name 'Aziza'
Beauty is when your weeping becomes second nature, when you begin to understand the great human suffering .
When you realise that you have been gifted. The mere things that we've been taking for granted, the things that we have at our disposal every single day, there are people out there for whom this may seem as a dream, maybe a dream never fulfilled.
You will realize one thing for sure -
To respect and honor Human Beings. For a great deal has been endured by humanity.
For every person we encounter has a story, wants to be understood, every person wants to be embraced, has dreams, wants to be seen.
When you realise this you will start serving, uplifting, giving instead of wanting and getting.
This book will break you.
Break your ego.
Break your desire for needs shoved through the wrath of consumerism.
It will break your heart into a million shards.
I urge you to read this unforgettable book. Let it take you down heartbreak zone. And liberate a sense of empathy, compassion and meaning that is in you, already. And that which the world so desperately needs.
This was independently recommended to me by a number of friends who are big readers. It is not the type of book I usually read as I don’t tend to read such sad books, but it was so ardently loved that I gave it a try.
I really struggled to get into it in the beginning as I initially found it slow and upsetting. A few times I considered giving up on it, not through any fault of the writer, just that I tend to read different types of books. I have a full time job which is often emotionally heavy, so I prefer to avoid human suffering/tragedy type themes when reading for pleasure or watching films.
I am so beyond glad that I continued on. This book is beyond spectacular. It is so beautifully written and the characters and story are so utterly powerful.
Be warned, this book is very emotionally challenging. I could not put it down once I was beyond the first few chapters. It is amazingly well written and flows beautifully but the subject matter is just crushingly upsetting, while at the same time, there is such beauty and love in some of the relationships. The result was lots of tears and even sobbing at the end of the book. It left me bereft, and emotionally exhausted, but just blown away by how good the book is. I don’t see how anyone could fail to be moved and bowled over after reading this.
I have been deliberately vague about the subject matter as I hate it when someone leaves a review which means you no longer need to read the book.
All I can say is read it, you won’t regret it (but will in all probability have puffy eyes for a few days after!!!!).
For me, this book is one of them.
I first read this book around ten years ago, not long after it came out, and it instantly became my favourite. I don't read it too often as I don't want the effect it has on me to lessen when I do read it. Every time I pick this book up, the initial emotions I felt when first reading it are there as intense as they ever were, and every single time I finish, I'm left with that sense of awe and compassion. Not just for the characters, but for a whole country of women, who, without this book, would never even have entered my thoughts going about my comparatively easy life, thousands of miles away in my safe, free country.
Perhaps it's because I'm a woman that I feel such a strong kinship with this book, but I really don't think that's it. I doubt anyone with a heart and sense of empathy could read this without being emotionally affected in some way.
Its inspired me to take interest in the plight of people outside my own front door. To see past the end of my nose and actually pay attention to what's happening in the world, and to give fleeting pictures of world issues on the TV more than just a cursory glance.
I like to think I understand what the author of this book set out to do, and while I doubt he'll ever read this review, I'd like him to know that in this reader, he's done his job.
Thank you for a beautiful book Khaled.
But when i finished this book and kept it aside, a feeling of relaxation and peacefulness washed over me. War and Civil Wars, as we read and hear from media, sounds and feels very dreadful. But to live through and survive/suffer that is something one would never want to go through. You will live through those through the eyes of Mariam and Laila while reading this book.
A humble and heartfelt ovation to the beautiful book and the writer.