A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Housseini

Book Review #10

My rating: 4/5

An artistic triumph.’ KIRKUS REVIEWS

A gripping tale….of extremes of hope and despair. A powerful portrait of female suffering and endurance under the Taliban.’ DAILY MAIL LONDON

Goodreads Description

After 103 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and with four million copies of The Kite Runner shipped, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today.

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.
Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them—in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul—they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.
A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.

My Review

  • First of all, this is a journey of two Afghan women how suffers a mouthful amount of pain and endurances.
  • Truthfully, I have never heard of the Talibans after reading this book. I know, I should be knowing a lot more of the outside world as well. But one thing, by just reading a book of a foreign country, you will gain and learn so much.
  • This book has made an impact on me and it also made me reflect my life.
  • Let us all take a moment and admit that Tariq is bae <3.
  • Jalil had made a bad choice and have to live with the guilt of conjoining Mariam to Rasheed until his last breath.
  • I really respect Laila for risking her life and enduring the pain of the Talibans and still want with all her heart to visit her little girl. A mother’s sacrifice is the most moving and inspiring act.
  • I was like, “Yeah, you go girl!! Kill him!!” as she was beating up Rasheed, even though I should not have. But only because he was super mean to both of them and even to poor little Aziza.
  • All in all, it was a great and different experience than anything that I have ever read.
  • You guys should definitely pick it up because I assure you, it is not a waste of time.
  • Recommended.

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