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A Thousand Splendid Suns Paperback – Nov. 25 2008
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A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years—from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding—that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives—the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness—are inextricable from the history playing out around them.
Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love—a stunning accomplishment.
"By the end you are not only left with a tear, but with a fire lit within. It is above all a story of hope and of life, the heroism that comes with love and the inevitable strife that comes with living. Inspirational, outstanding, every man and wom[a]n must read this tale." —The Guardian
"[Hosseini's] tale is a powerful, harrowing depiction of Afghanistan, but also a lyrical evocation of the lives and enduring hopes of its resilient characters." —Publishers Weekly
"Hosseini has the storytelling gift.… What keep this novel vivid and compelling are Hosseini's eye for the textures of daily life and his ability to portray a full range of human emotions." —Los Angeles Times
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- ASIN : 0143054406
- Publisher : Penguin Canada; unknown edition (Nov. 25 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780143054405
- ISBN-13 : 978-0143054405
- Item weight : 372 g
- Dimensions : 13.03 x 2.34 x 20.27 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you have been amazed by the Kite Runner, this one would definitely exceed your earlier experience.
With "A Thousand Splendid Suns", the author expands the life in Afghanistan beyond Kabul as well and picks up a character, highly non-mainstream (if I may say), and walks us through her unconventional life journey. Towards the end, you sort of feel for the protagonist. The depth of characters, except maybe a few, have been presented very well. The level of detailing enables the reader to almost paint the entire picture in front of his/her eyes very neatly. KH has gone an extra mile to add an element of thrill in the story just by the way of his storytelling skills.
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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!!!!).
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.
I don’t know where to begin. The writing is exquisite and the storyline is so cleverly and intricately woven. It’s harrowing, more so because it’s not a far cry from the brutal reality of what still happens today in some countries. Eye opening. Educational. Heartbreaking. Heartwarming. Hosseini must have some sort of magic secret when it comes to creating characters that you instantly and wholeheartedly love. All of these things mixed together makes one hell of a book. My words will never do it justice.
If you haven’t read this book, YOU MUST!
To think that this is a relatively modern day account of the way a women and children were treated and of how a man, husband and father could be non accountable for his cruelty and violence against his family is mind blowing. Personally it makes me feel so fortunate to have lived in the same era as these women but have as many privileges as a citizen as I have, with a direct link to an NHS system, legal rights and instant help and assistance from our emergency services and the opportunity to have had a free and comprehensive education. The book set in a world were these people were burdened with their lives from birth, just because they were born in the circumstances that were dominated by the total control of government, their family and tragic circumstances. A brilliant book and a must read for all that live a spoilt and privileged life in Great Britain.