A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled HosseiniA Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns

byKhaled Hosseini

Paperback | November 25, 2008

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After more than two years on the bestseller lists and over four million copies in print, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel of enormous contemporary relevance.

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.


Khaled Hosseini is one of most widely read and beloved novelists in the world, with more than ten million copies sold in the United States of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, and more than thirty-eight million copies sold worldwide in more than seventy countries. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations H...
Title:A Thousand Splendid SunsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.01 × 5.13 × 0.92 inPublished:November 25, 2008Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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Date published: 2017-04-24
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Date published: 2017-04-22
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Date published: 2017-04-21
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Date published: 2017-04-21
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Date published: 2017-04-19
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Date published: 2017-04-18
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Date published: 2017-04-05
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Date published: 2017-03-31
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Date published: 2017-03-29
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Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Author Read this novel and his famous The Kite Runner last year for a Study Unit in school. Captivating plot and the way Hosseini writes is emotional and raw. One of my favourites. Representing Canadian authors, writers, and individuals proudly!
Date published: 2017-03-17
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Date published: 2017-03-13
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Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating Raw and beautiful. An incredible read that offers an eye-opening glimpse into the lives of strong, female characters. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great book by Khaled Hosseini Just like the kite runner, this book does not disappoint. It focuses on the relationship between two women, and how their lives change with the war. A book that pulls at your heartstrings.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book This book is written beautifully. It is one of my all time favourite books, challenging differences within one culture and representing the strength and empowerment of women beautifully. I absolutely loved everything about it.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must add to your list! Beautiful read. I had a hard time putting it down. It was hard to believe the author is male.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautifully written a book that will deeply touch you !
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gut wrenching and Heartbreaking Beautifully written story about the lives of woman in Afghanistan. If you thought that the lives of men/boys in Afghanistan was difficult (i.e. The Kite Runner), A Thousand Splendid Sunset takes it to a whole new level
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful & Intense! When I read Khaled Hosseini's writings, I always prepare myself for an emotionally intense story. I love his writing style and the books keep me glued to the pages all the way through. This was another beautiful tale that I will never forget!
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be prepared to cry Amazing story of woman living in war-torn Afghanistan. Great follow up to the Kite Runner. This book is so deep and touching, Khalid Houssani really brings the characters to life. Readers will be able to empathize with the woman in this book in a way no other author can do.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Great! An amazing read but absolutely heartbreaking
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow! reading this book you cannot tell it a male author. two very strong female leads. poweful story, i couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow beautifully wriiten! emotion and powerful. a must read.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching My favourite author and favourite book of his!! always touches your soul!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking, hopeful, enlightening I felt that I learned a lot by reading this book, and it moved me beyond words. I can still vividly picture the scenes and the characters, and feel their feelings. Wow. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Empowerment This story really pushes for women empowerment in a country that looks down on the quality. I cried to the very end for each of their hardships but was happy when there was a happy light at the end.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Khalid hosseini is such an amazing author. From kite runner to a thousand splendid suns. This book is so powerful and beautiful. One of the greatest books I've read. It broke my heart, made me cry, but also made smile.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing author You will laugh you will cry you will leave this book a better person. So heart wrenching
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forever my favourite. The most powerful, heart-wrenching, and beautiful book I've ever read. I lost track of how many times I cried. But it will not leave you feeling depressed. You will feel inspired. I love this book.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Another great book by Hosseini! Kite Runner is my favourite book. This book is almost the female version of it. I was surprised by how much I liked it. Hosseini is a great writer and storyteller.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a thousand splendid suns I read this after I read The Kite Runner......another well written and very emotional read.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A tale of an unlikely friendship I love everything this author does. He just gets right into your soul as a reader.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Khaled Hosseini is a genius! I will read what ever he writes and this book did not disappoint. Full of emotion.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Great read, one that I will read again and again. Was a big fan of "the kite runner" as well. Found it hard to put down, & is in my top 3 fav books I have read
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing x 14934380 I've read this multiple times and have never gotten bored. There are so many intricacies in the book you feel every emotion each character goes through in their personal journey, and you basically find yourself cheering for these women.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great picture of women in Afghanistan I loved this book even more than The Kite Runner! The only thing I would criticize the book for is the way it depictited some of the female experiences in the book (only 2 in particular). They are things that men cannot experience and it just felt like the author was using someone else's words to write the scenes. Normally, the description used would not of bothered me but its because I love the author's style and way of describing situations in ways that are not ordinary that I had trouble appreciating this scene. Otherwise, fantastic read that definitely brings you through 2 women's experiences in Afghanistan!
Date published: 2016-12-30
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Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really good loved this book he does amazing at writing
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Literature I love the realism in this book. It is really eye-opening. There is more to just the plot of the story, you get a glimpse of people's lives of different backgrounds. Each chapter is narrated by a different character. It is wonderful how the author managed to string all of these people together into one story. This is truly a masterpiece.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First book I recommend to anyone This book definitely stays with you for a while. It was one of the those books that touches the deepest parts of the human condition, and leaves you feeling more understood and connected to those around you.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a powerful story This book had me in tears so many times. I highly recommend reading this. Such a powerful read. Absolutely inspiring.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book The way the author writes is pure talent. The was he describes and lays out the story is remarkable. I couldn't put this down.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read This book should be mandatory reading in educational institutions. Not only does it have historically pertinent information, young people will see how the choices they make whether big or small can have massive repercussions.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Time Favourite This book is written so beautifully, amazing work by the author.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING One of my favourite books of all time. Amazing story and so well written!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING THIS (especially if you enjoy Hosseini's other works)!!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book You really appreciate every emotion of the protagonist. Wonderful book.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good story A great story and wonderful biography
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great book If you loved the kite runner, you'll love this on as well. Quite an emotional read.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great If you're interested in the lives of women in contemporary Afghanistan I would highly recommend this. A very emotional story, and one I won't soon forget.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good If you enjoyed reading Kite Runner, you'll definitely like this.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I was give this book to read for an assignment at school, i had no interest in reading it but once i started i couldn't stop! i absolutely loved this book. It actually made me really interested in reading other books by the author.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I just recently read this book for my English course and wasn't sure how it was going to be at the start. As i got more and more into it it sucked me in and i got addicted. Loved it, especially for an assaigned book!#plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great Great! I read The Kite Runner and was very excited to see this. It focuses on the lives of the women living in Afghanistan at this age, and i s such a gripping tale of tragedy. A great read to curl up by the fire.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even better than The Kite Runner! I like this one more than The Kite Runner, which is also awesome. This one has a unique narrating style and i think Khaled Hosseini pulled it off well!! The characters in this book are very memorable and I cared about them quite a bit. The author wrote about one character I began to worry about how her life will turn out. Suddenly, the author changes the point of view. The new character I began to care about but I kept wondering what happened to the previous one. Then, the lives of both women met. The reader knows the history of the two women but they don't. It was brilliantly composed and really shows us the importance of understanding and how little we know about each other's lives and struggles. Super cool story telling! I really enjoyed this one more than the Kite Runner and hope this one will be turned into a movie as well.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read Although this book is fiction it offers a different perspective about the war-torn middle east than what you see every day on the news.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from heartbreaking The details are great! captivating novel, The true depth of woman's struggle in a way we may not see in our NorthAMerican lives in the same sense. I could read it again.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kite Runner II? If you liked the Kite Runner, you'll like this. Personally, I felt like I was reading the same book again, or at least a continuation of the story. I found both books a bit melodramatic for my taste.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful story Amazing story of 2 women and the turns their lives take. A take on gender roles and dynamics in Afghanistan.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from heartbreaking and beautiful A really deep look into the lives of these children... really enjoyed this book
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I don't have words I can't seem to explain how beautiful this story was. It made me weep. Very few books have the power to really make me feel and this is one of them. You will not regret reading it. Absolutely no doubt one of my favourite books of all time, hands down.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Hosseini tells a beautiful tale of struggle and strength in a manner that won't let you put the novel down. Absolutely amazing.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Possibly my favourite book by this author. Left me speechless so many times. I loved especially the strength of the women in his novel!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Simply incredible. I was left speechless countless times throughout the story. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I love this book, I read it for a project and honestly expected to hate it at first, but it's pretty amazing. It addresses real life struggles, and portrays a touching story about two women, I couldn't hate it if i tried.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book This is my favourite book. I also read Khaled's other books but this one is his best.
Date published: 2016-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it !! This was an amazing read. I was glued to it and Khaled Hussaini did an amazing job to keep me engrossed in the story. I felt that I knew Miriam. I've read Kite Runner previously to this book which had me hooked. I would definitely recommend this book and I am currently on the look out for his other books.
Date published: 2016-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing read How this author being a man, is able to put himself in women's shoes is an accomplishment on it's own. You learn a great deal of the Afghan history from the book and you can feel the author's pain caused by his country's fate. Makes one think how little we know about the other half of the world and how little some people care.
Date published: 2015-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing There isn't one word that I can think of that would perfectly describe this book. I have read all the books this author has written, and I have loved them all. This novel was no different. I loved it from start to finish. The plot kept me completely enthralled. A wonderful, well written novel. I would advise any book lover to read this.
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books I can't get this book out of my head even though I read it two years ago. A truly incredible read - you miss the characters long after you've finished the last page.
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Although the story is fiction I believe it gives an accurate portrayal of the injustices women have and still endure. It gives an accurate portrayal of the power of love and provided me with an appreciation for all that I have. It was also an amazing story with romance, heartache, and never ending suspense.
Date published: 2015-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply amazing! I learned so much about the wars that have gone on for decades or more and as always there are the people who wage wars for whatever their cause and there are those who are the innocent bystanders who are just trying to stay out of the line of fire Beautifly written. One of those books you cant wait to get back to.
Date published: 2015-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable Such an amazing novel; you feel the struggle these women face and the strength they have to keep on living. At times, it is very hard to read about the atrocities the character experience but as Hosseini takes you through these very dark places, he manages to incorporate elements of compassion, love and strength. An extraordinarily powerful novel that will stay with you forever. You must read it (along with his other fantastic novels)!
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing this book was full of emotion and heart wrench, another great book by Khaled. 
Date published: 2013-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As good as the Kite Runner, but would make a better movie plot This book told a story of two brave women despite their difficult lives. The book was as good as the Kite Runner, but it would make a much more interesting movie. These two are my favourite from Khaled Hosseini. And the Mountains Echoed is my least favourite because it was confusing and only got interesting towards the end. What I liked about this book was that it didn't drag on wasting pages on describing unnecessary things. Every chapter has a real content and purpose. It was engaging and sparked my curiosity. Excellent read. I look forward to more of Hosseini's work.
Date published: 2013-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A deeply moving novel that plunged my soul into darkness... Khaled Hosseini, the much acclaimed author of Kite Runner comes back once again with a heart wrenching novel about life in Afghanistan that spans between the invasion of soviet union and the consequent Taliban regime to post Taliban rebuilding. This novel is centred around the lives of two women Mariam and Laila. Mariam is an illegitimate daughter of a wealthy man Jalil and lives in the outskirts of Herat. When Mariam's mother commits suicide out of shame, she is forced into matrimony by her father with Rasheed who is very much elder to her….After few miscarriages, Rasheed loses hope on Mariam and now comes the hatred and domestic violence…. Laila who lives few blocks next to Rasheed is fortunate to have a father who believes in education for women. With the advent of Soviet's invasion on Afghanistan, Laila loses her parents to war and her boyfriend Tariq flees out of town for survival. WIth no help and support around, Laila ends up marrying Rasheed. When Rasheed starts torturing both the women, Mariam and Laila strengthen their relationship and each one finds solace and comfort through the other… A series of events unfolds that shapes the two strong female characters Mariam and Laila and now they fight against the domestic abuse and retaliate with a vengeance… Will they succeed ??? Through the lives of Mariam & Laila, Hoseini attempts to portray a vivid picture of the lives of hundreds of women in Afghanistan who have to undergo the hardships for their survival…There are too many graphic scenes that really disturbs the reader's minds both on a domestic level and through the means of war…. Like in Kite Runner, Hoseini adapts to a simplistic style of writing that is very effective in creating a emotional temperament throughout the novel… Overall, the seemingly endless tragedies that leaves very little hope in The Thousand Splendid Suns did not brighten up my spirit but then dampened my eyes very much and plunged my soul into darkness and hence the 3 star rating…..
Date published: 2013-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Thousand Splendid Minutes Reading This One I am a redneck Canadian who likes action-adventure, high fantasy, and hard science fiction who never in a million years thought I would ever read a book about women in Afghanistan. By fluke chance I picked this book up and couldn't put it down. You literally feel like you have been transported into Afghanistan and are right there with the two central female characters of the book, in their minds, wallowed in their emotions. This book broadened my worldview tenfold, and likely in ways I haven't even realized yet...
Date published: 2013-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely! This was a wonderful book. I felt it took a while to get into it but all the details in the beginning were necessary for the story to evolve and help understand the characters through the book. I definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2013-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotionally Charged A couple of years ago I had the chance to read the astounding work known as 'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini. That novel was able to clench at my heart strings in a way that no other story had before. I found it inconceivable the notion that any other novel could come close to the impact that the 'The Kite Runner' had on me. Also I felt that a story of it's magnitude could not be duplicated nor replicated; so my expectations for Hosseini's second novel 'A Thousand Splendind Suns' were very low to the say the least. I didn't believe that he'd be able to recreate those feelings of character attachment again, and surely the story would pale in comparison to the former. I was very wrong! Mariam and Laila's journey through the years of war torn Afghanistan explores the difficulties of being a woman in a man's world. Taking a woman's perspective of that world instead of mans (i.e. The Kite Runner) and exploring the issue of war more deeply one finds that Hosseini seems to have a magical ability at storytelling. Pushed to tears, I reminded myself that both of his novels are works of fiction. However, especially in the case of the present book I could not overshadow the fact, that occurrences such as those in this book, are the realities for many Afghan women. Truly an amazing work; best enjoyed as a companion to 'The Kite Runner' rather than its rival!
Date published: 2012-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The story that stays with you... Definitely a well written book. I really felt for the main character and all the trials and tribulations she faced at such a young age and then growing into an adult. Even though I read this book a few years ago some of the passages still remain with me. I would totally recommend this book!
Date published: 2012-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional You know when you read a book or see a film that has had great reviews and you finish feeling disappointed because it didn't live up to the hype? My experience reading this book was the complete opposite. I loved it. I didn't feel the message of the book was one of brutality or depression, but of hope and the toughness of the human spirit. There are plenty of awful scenes to lend credence to its reputation. While the story's time frame spans thirty years, the main focus of the novel are two woman, a generation apart, whose lives cross as they become the wives of the same man, Rasheed. The elder, Mariam, was born to a servant woman out of wedlock and is raised in banishment, ignorance and eventual rejection during the years the Afghani government was controlled by the communists. She finds herself forced to marry a much older man after her mother commits suicide. Laila, fifteen years younger and raised by intellectual parents, enters the marriage under much different circumstances. Alone after a bomb destroys her home and kills her parents, and pregnant by her childhood love who has fled the country, she marries Rasheed in a desperate attempt to save her unborn child. The writing engrossed me. Much like the Kite Runner, Hosseini magically puts the reader in the city, neighborhood and house of his characters. Much to his credit, I found myself torn between wanting to yell at Laila to hush up, so that she'd avoid another beating, and kicking Rasheed myself, because he is a despicable brute. Mariam, one of the most tragic characters in literature, makes this book what it is; a story of love and strenghth. She, who didn't have an easy day in her life, allows herself to be touched by the love of Laila and her children. In return, she performs the ultimate act of love and saves a family. I appreciate Hosseini's portrayal of a part of the world that is under so much scrutiny lately. Afghanistan, and the city of Kabul where the story takes place, have a long history of wars and occupations which result in a great chasm between different ethnic tribes, Islam, economic classes and gender. Hosseini uses this novel to tell the story of Afghani women and the hardships that face them with each regime change. As a woman, I feel blessed to have been given confidence and opportunities. I truly cannot imagine what it would be like to live under the conditions the women in this book live under. I am grateful to be born to the family I was born to and in a country which allows me to live the kind of life I choose. Miram and Laila didn't have the opportunities or support that I have. And yet they survived. They endured and they reached out to others, despite their circumstances. In this, Hosseini redeems all of Afghanistan by showing these two women's humanity. He shows that in a place whose beauty was written about in a 17th century poem, where "One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs and the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls" is a city that can become illuminated once again.
Date published: 2012-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartwrenching Though not a huge fan of contemporary fiction, I finally succumbed after reading several rave reviews and must admit I wasn’t disappointed. Face-paced and well-written, it is easily read in a few sittings. The story follows 2 women, Miriam and Laila, both born in Afghanistan but in different regions and hence very different worlds. Both their lives ultimately collide through the consequences of unrelenting battles, invasions and uprisings this country has undergone over the last half century. As both women endure unimaginable suffering and degradation, the story climaxes with the rise of the Taliban and its notorious intolerance and cruelty that will make any woman reader grateful to have had the extraordinary luck of living in a free country. What I took away from this story is that there is a culture to Afghanistan that is constantly overshadowed (or in some cases, destroyed) by its political issues. If nothing else, it compelled me to explore its history and unique culture a little further.
Date published: 2012-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad & moving! I really enjoyed this book. I learned a lot about Afghanistan and how much change it has gone through over the years. The story itself is of two different women whose lives end up connecting in the story. It is such a sad story and when you think it will start getting happier, it doesn't (but it does eventually!). The story itself has lots of unexpected turns and has you hooked the whole time. I shed tears reading this boo, but I absolutely loved it!
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read This book is incredible. The story captures you right from the beginning and keeps you deeply involved right through the entire book. Khaled Hosseini speaks of the absolute horrors of war and tells us of the strength of the innocent people caught in it's path. It is a touching story and an important one.
Date published: 2011-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An incredible book! A devastatingly beautiful novel. One of the most magnificent pieces of literature I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Khaled Hosseini tells this story brilliantly. His words create vivid images of the horror that our friends in Afghanistan face daily. This is a true eye-opening novel that I would recommend to anyone. This story not only shows the power of extreme evil, but also the power of friendship and the sacrifices some are willing to make for the people they love. Be prepared to have your mind and heart opened and enlightened. An inspirational story for women, yet an important read for all.
Date published: 2011-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! What to say about this book. This was an emotional book to read. It really grabs your emotions. The true test of family, of friends and especially of women. I cannot believe what the women have had to endure in their life time. It astonishes me that they were able to bear so much and yet come out of everything so much stronger. I highly recommend this book. This book can't even be compared to the Kite Runner. I have to say this was much more emotional and heartfelt. Read it!
Date published: 2011-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Memorable and very fascinating This book by the same author of "The Kite Runner", is also set in Afghanistan. I really enjoyed this book, although I liked it slightly less than "The Kite Runner". Nevertheless, it has adventure, and a rivetting story line. I found that Hosseini really developed the characters exceptionally well. I felt really connected to the characters despite that they come from a very different background to me. I think this book also helps us appreciate how within one country,i.e. Afghanistan, come people who are all very different - much like any other country. What I mean by this, is that the main characters despite being from Afghanistan, are very different people. One character is strong, independent and resourceful, while the other prefers the protection of her burkha, is obedient and loyal. Both characters are endearing. I really recommend this book, and again, you need to get your tissue out for the end. It is a great book.
Date published: 2011-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read This book is a must read. I have also read The Kite Runner, but found this to be a better book. My heart broke for the women and their powerlessness in life.
Date published: 2011-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The title is a quote from an Afghani poet- about Kabul and its people Much better than his novel -The Kite Runner. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a modern story with historical background powerfully woven into the story of two women and the people they love and others who control them. You will absolutely hate certain characters while being enmeshed in Afghanistan's history and the mixture of cultures within its borders.
Date published: 2011-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Brilliant Such an amazing story and so well written. One of the best books I've ever read. Such an emotional, gripping and eye-opening story filled with sadness, bravery and love. The writing draws us into the characters, settings and we feel what they go through. Highly Recommended - you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2011-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something Spectacular There's something quite spectacular about this story that has opened my eyes to a whole knew world that is so unknown to me. I admit, there are few things I am quite unaware of when it comes to Kabul, Afghanistan during the Taliban. But while reading the book I knew exactly what was happening, historically, during the period of the novel and was pleasantly surprised that it did not overpower the storyline at all. Often I find that some authors have the tendency of bogging you down with too much facts, which then takes away from the story and vice versa. Khaled was nothing like that. A thousand splendid suns was a perfect mesh between facts and fiction. In truth, there was a whole range of emotions I felt while reading this book and I expect for you too feel the same. These women are not a figment of the authors imagination. These are real women, living very real lives which makes it even more heart wrenching. Read it but don't be surprised to feel angry, sad (even in tears) and truly happy for these two beautiful women. I promise you will not regret it.
Date published: 2010-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ every woman should read this book...makes me thankful everyday i was born in canada...i can not express how good this book is YOU HAVE TO READ IT
Date published: 2010-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye-opening beautifully written, captivating story!! I definitely recommend this one
Date published: 2010-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone needs to read this book!!!! At the risk of sounding cliche, this is one of the most incredible books I have ever read. It is a story so beautifully written, so poetic, you can't help but give up your heart and soul to it. I read this author's previous book, The Kite Runner, and thought there was no way this second book could possibly measure up, but I was truly wrong. This book is as good if not better than his first. A Thousand Splendid Suns will open your eyes to the heart-breaking struggles the people of Afghanistan endure. It will help us, as Westeners, to be less judgmental and certainly more understanding of unfathomable circumstances that are so foreign to us.
Date published: 2010-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the most AMAZING books I've ever read! This book was absolutely fantastic. One word cannot describe the deep meaning of this book. It broke you apart and got you cying at parts, it made yuou feel the characetrs pain. I absolutely reccomend it. It was...astonishing. It makes you look back at your own life and appreciate it that much more, because you donthave to go through what Laila and Mariam went through. This book was absolutely heartbreaking and inspiring. One of my favourite books of all time! wow...Khaled Hossieni is an AMAZING author. Every word he writes down comes to life in this book.
Date published: 2010-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A sad and fantastic story The interweaving story about two women growing up in Afghanistan may be fiction but one can imagine it is an exaggerated version of life in the female oppressed nation. It is a well written and extremely sad tale, with one or more tear-inducing moments. The reader becomes sympathetic to the two main characters, who are subject to a lifetime of torture at the will of one man, who deprive them of almost any reason to live. They endure abuse, but never let go of their dignity, pride, and hope, never surrendering their souls. With the government in collapse and heavily corrupted from war, the reader hangs on with them, holding out hope that against all odds they can escape and find a better life for themselves. Khaled Hosseini does a wonderful job with this sad and eye-opening title about the life of two women in war-torn Afghanistan.
Date published: 2010-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrifying and amazing at the same time! Before I tell you how great the book was, how you should read it and blah blah blah, let me tell you what I feel ahsamed of saying as a citizen of North America. I had no idea, not even the slightest, what it is really like out there in Afghanistan with our troops fighting and innocent people getting killed until I started reading this book. You would figure that with so many years gone by and the several papers I wrote on this subject for school would be enough to give me a glimpse into the hell-fire but my vague suspisions were just hitting the surface beforehand. Once you pick up this masterpiece you realize that you aren't holding an ordinary novel in your hands. There are few in the world that are like it. It literaly opens your eyes and squeezes your heart that even the most stone-like will weep with sadness. It is a definite must-read. The author draws you into the world so deeply that you start to feel as though Leila and Mariam's misfortunes have somehow morphed into your own. By the last word on the last page you will feel a tad bit more humane and a whole lot more thankful for the peace and security we have here. It is beautifully written and I recommend it to anyone who is willing to shove Hemmingway, Dostoyevsky, Stephenie Meyer and Stephen King away long enough to allow a little truth to seep into their non-fiction bubble. You will not regret it, I promise!
Date published: 2010-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from what a great read! what a beautiful, sad,motivated and devistating book. It was definetly amazing picturing it through someone elses eyes. What a great book!!
Date published: 2010-01-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lauded for no reason at all Personally, I thought that the subject of the treatment of women in Afghanistan was intriguing - most everyone knows of the liberties the media takes regarding the altering of info available to the public, so the promise of this book was simple and inviting: to uncover a bit of truth. However, this promise faded after a few chapters when I found out how shallow the writing was, and that it suffered from the same affliction as Dave Eggers' 'What is the What' - it's an easy way out for those whose consciences seek soothing. People know the gist of the problems occurring in far-off lands, but don't really know the specifics. For some, reading this book is their way of engaging in the conflict behind the comfort of distance and anonymity, but to me it seemed like the novel pushed an attitude of ethno-centrism rather than one of cultural relativism. Ultimately, Hosseini sent no message with this novel as he refused to take a side with regards to the central issue. I enjoyed the format of the book - the time shifts and changes of points-of-view - but it felt as though he was merely trying to make some fast cash.
Date published: 2010-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Eye Opener Again Khaled Hosseini has open my eyes to a worl of hardship and customs that we would never think were possible. To capture the story of two females that went through the wars and leaderships that they did, and too tell it in such a way that you can picture and feel the things they are going through, amazing!
Date published: 2009-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! 4.5 stars. Mariam is the illegitimate daughter of a rich father and his housekeeper. The story follows her, from the 1970s through the 2000s during her lifetime in Afghanistan. I won’t summarize anymore, as I don’t want to give anything away. Wow! This may shape up to be one of my favourite books read in 2009. A couple of times I had to double check that it was written by a man, he does such an incredible job of telling the life of two women in Afghanistan, and the struggles that they go through. I liked it better than The Kite Runner.
Date published: 2009-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and Touching Although the two protagonists were created by Hosseini, the dire conditions in which they lived are not. Half a world away there are women who have lived through the brutal massacre of their families, the destruction of their homes and the extreme torture inflicted upon them by military factions. Unfortunately, it is not over. Fighting continues as the struggle for power over the people never ends. I think that what makes this book such an emotional read is that these two women do exist in that their stories are ones that we hear over and over again. I appreciated that Hosseini did not take an overly heavy hand to the political aspect of Afghanistan, but focused on the effects these political decisions have had. By the end of the book, at the end of the suffering and unhappiness the women experience, I was reminded that at this point Laila would be my age now. Both women are described as if they were in their 70s and had lived a full life, but they were not even close. I cannot even imagine what it would be like to see these atrocities at such an early age, yet with such descriptive writing, I can picture it more clearly. This book looks at the relationships between men and women, women, mother-child and political uprisings in the Middle East and I would recommend it to anyone interested in sociology, world events, or politics, especially. www.thatjusthappened.ca
Date published: 2009-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Heartwrenching Told from the point of view of two Afghani women, A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of Mariam and Laila, two strong women drawn together trying to survive and overcome the obstacles and oppression that has been a part of the history of Afghanistan over the past thirty years. Khaled Hosseini shows the reality of the political landscape in Kabul to a frightening realism and shows what it has been like living under the leadership of the Taliban, not only for women but men as well. However, Hosseini also brings this exotic world that most of us have only read about or heard about in the news to us in a way that shows the beauty and richness of the Afghani culture, a beauty that has almost been lost due to the tumultuous wars that have stricken the country. The characters he has written are deep and it allows us to see that no matter who someone is and where they are from, we are all basically the same. The Afghani people have suffered so much due to political strategy. As a woman, this novel really opened my eyes to the oppression and abuse the Afghani woman have had to go through and it really makes one appreciate growing up in a country without that kind of oppression. Where once there were women who were doctors and lawyers, held political office and were teachers, after the Taliban took charge women where no longer allowed to leave their homes, work, having to cover from head to toe, being subjected to beatings, not only from their own husbands, but any man if he deemed it necessary . I really feel this novel should be required reading, however controversial it may be, by every student in North America so they can fully understand more than what is just outside their back door. This novel had a realism that lends itself to feeling like a biographical story, but I’m sure in some ways it is. I’m sure there are a thousand or more stories just like it. Story **** Characters **** Readability **** Overall rating ****
Date published: 2009-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent ... Hosseini is a master storyteller This sweeping novel, set against the backdrop of war and civil unrest in modern-day Afghanistan, is exceptional. Khaled Hosseini brings his characters, and the horrors that they face in their everyday lives, into vivid, colourful life. Aside from the masterful storytelling, the author brings the horrors of the past thirty-something years in this tortured country home to all of us. We only imagine what it's like to live in a country that has been at war with others, and with itself, for more than a generation. This is a must-read book. It should be required reading for high school students around the world.
Date published: 2009-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book opened my eyes This might be the best book I have ever read. Reading articles about Afghanistan in the paper or watching on the TV didn't come anywhere close to bringing this country alive the way this book did. The women are so strong and loving and I can't imagine what it must be like for them. A must read.
Date published: 2009-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heart-wrenching; well-written. I have read this book twice and could not put it down either time. Khaled Hosseini's writing style transports the reader to Afghanistan, into the lives of ordinary families living their lives. I was terribly saddened by some of the events in the book, but was amazed at their perseverence through it all. I agree with another reviewer who said that we are very fortunate to live in Canada, but this gives you a true picture of what is happening on the other side of the world. I admired Maryem and Laila's characters, and hated some of the others... I recommend the movie "Kingdom", which had a similar effect on me, even though it takes place in a different country.
Date published: 2009-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Thousand Splendid Suns (Book Review) A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini is a number one bestseller. It is published by Bloomsbury in paperback and its ISBN is 978074758297724. It is a wonderful romance story but also a powerful and sad insight into war and the carnage and chaos it causes. One cannot read this and be unmoved by the suffering of women in Kabul during the Taliban rule. It is told from a female perspective. It catalogues the lack of education of women, rapes, beatings, arranged marriages, head covering and their low social status in vivid detail. The main character is Miriam who at the tender age of five discovers she is illegitimate and gradually becomes to realise her father does not acknowledge her in public and has her living in a hut miles from civilisation. When her mum Nana commits suicide her father Jalil runs her out of town and marries her at 15 years of age to a 45 year old man. Rasheed her husband inflicts upon her a life of beatings and torment. Until he takes a second wife Laila and things get worse for Miriam. Slowly the women form a friendship that eventually leads to a mother and daughter type of relationship. Miriam in a final confrontation with the violent Rasheed stabs him to death to give Laila freedom and a new life. While Miriam is sent to prison, Lalia, Tariq and the kids escape to Pakistan until it is safe to return home to Kabul. They return to help rebuild it and start work in an orphanage. Lalia becomes pregnant, a new life, a new beginning, the ultimate metaphor for the rebirth of Kabul. This is a beautiful novel depicting the cruelty of war and the beauty of family and romance. I highly recommend this novel. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap.
Date published: 2009-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Thousand Splendid Suns ... Brilliant Khaled Hosseini’s detailed description of what many women endure is heartbreaking, intriging, violent and most of all it is inspiring. I read this book yesterday afternoon sitting in the sun, I couldn't put this book down. I was completely drawn into the lives of both Mariam & Laila. I found myself rooting for them thru their struggles yet knowing that they were going to suffer greatly before the book was finished. This book brought me to tears with the insurmountable obstacles that many women in Afghanistan have had to endure over the past few generations. This book only confirms my good fortune of being Canadian … I can only hope that our soldiers being in Afghanistan are helping to make life a little easier and more open for the woman living there for they have suffered more than their fair share.
Date published: 2009-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart Wrenching. It is very rare for an author to go 2 for 2, especially after a novel like Kite Runner. Not only does Khaled Hosseini do just that, he sets an entirely new bar. A Thousand Splendid Suns follows the same time frame in Afghanistan as Kite Runner did, however this story revolves around two women: Mariam and Lalia. There have never been two female characters that I felt more compassion, more raw emotion for, than these two that Hosseini has crafted in this work. The tale he weaves for these women can be summarized as no less than an emotional roller coaster. Hosseini sugar coats nothing, and just when you think things could not get any worse or more bleak for either of these two characters, he proves it most certainly can. I was taught two very important things from this novel. The first is how hard it was to be a woman in Afghanistan during the reign of the Taliban. I like to consider myself a knowledgeable person, but I had no idea of the hardships that women on a daily basis faced, and how little room they had to breathe in this chauvinistic society. But out of that, I also learned about determination. That no matter how bad things can get, no matter how hopeless the world really is, a silver lining does in fact exist. Lalia and Mariam depict these truths in the most explicit way possible. I was entrenched in this book from the very first page, and still continue to think about it after reading it. It is haunting, but it is necessary. A reminder that a world outside of our own exists. That the day to day things we take so greatly for granted contain great trials for others. I implore you to read another masterpiece by this incredibly gifted author, and experience an awakening that will surely change your perspective on things.
Date published: 2009-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hosseini does it again! This book was fantastic - Hosseini is a master storyteller who weaves his characters into the real life horrors of Afghanistan. A book that shows that no matter what happens in your life, the will to live is strongest.
Date published: 2009-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT After reading the Kite Runner I rushed out to buy Hosseini's second novel. Hosseini has captured 30 yrs of history and woven it with marvelous characters. Some you will despise and some you will love and feel long after you put this book down. When you do put this down though, you will have a greater understanding of Afghanistan and the turmoil that existed and still does. I highly recommend this book!!
Date published: 2009-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best I've read Having adored the Kite Runner last year, I bought A Thousand Splendid Suns, however, I didn't pick it up until last week. I was really torn with this, as I was the Kite Runner, because while I wanted to read through it, I didn't want it to end. This author is brilliant at keeping the reader's interest. Although the story is somewhat depressing, it is a fact that life in Afghanistan can be pretty difficult, particularly if you are from the Western world. Both books by this authors are a must for every booklover.
Date published: 2009-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book! Picked up this book by fluke off the library's "Recommended Reading" shelf. I'm sure glad I did. This book was fantastic. I couldn't put it down. It takes you through a range of emotions. When I finished reading it, I had to stop and just absorb it all. I loved it.
Date published: 2009-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful What can possibly be said about this book that hasn't been said before?? I devoured it from beginning to end in just over day, unable to put it down, unable to forget what was happening even when i had to take a break, i was after all visiting my parents and couldn't put my nose in a book every minute. An aching, heartbreaking story...and one of survival because you have no other choices left to you.
Date published: 2009-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Provocative Tale Hosseini gave us in his second novel a heartbreaking story of two girls who grew close, women bonding in the chaos of war. The rich and violent history of Afghanistan provides a backdrop that informs and saturates the story for a span of over 40 years. This is one unforgettable and provocative epic tale, one novel everyone should read. Right from the start you are pulled into a world of cruelty and despair with Hosseini’s rich narrative capturing the intimate details of the lives of his two heroines: Mariam and Laila. Both born into different families and during a period suffer under the same circumstances. Mariam, an illegitimate child born in 1959 is forced into marriage by her father at the age of 15 to an abusive and cruel man. Laila was born into a loving family before the Russian invasion, she was educated and had dreamed of travel. The emergence of the Taliban changed everything; a bomb killed Laila’s family, Mariam’s husband took her in and she soon became his favourite….this is their story…….. All the praise this novel received is well deserved; the story is straightforward and beautifully written. Hosseini eloquently depicts the years of Afghanistan’s unimaginable tragedy from1964-2003.
Date published: 2009-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great ~ but very sad. I read this book with great enthusiasm ~ well written and an easy read. This author keeps the story moving well... I liked it almost as much as The Kite Runner. But I found it depressing and sad... the violence described herein made me angry ~ not at the author, but at the atrocities that are perpetrated against women in this part of the world. Believable? Yes... Disturbing? Yes... This book's ending made me feel good again ~ but it was overshadowed by the reality of what is still happening to women in this part of the world. A good book to slit your wrists by...
Date published: 2009-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating This is a tale of two Afghan women struggling to survive in a notoriously Islamic-ruled Afghanistan amidst warfare, oppression and misery. Hosseini relates what it was like to live in a world where women were unappreciated, undervalued and regularly abused. A world that, despite of the neverending violence that many Afghan women experience, lies the power of love, loyalty and friendship. "One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls." This, in my opinion, is Khaled Hosseini's greatest work yet. It's hauntingly beautiful, deeply moving and remarkably written. Hands down, one of the best books I have ever read. It's absolutely amazing. I strongly recommend it.
Date published: 2009-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from unforgettable! im in love with two afghans now. first, my bf. and now, khaled hosseini! this book will stay with me for a long long time. just love it!
Date published: 2009-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! I read this book right after reading The Kite Runner. I wasn't expecting it to be nearly as good. Nothing could have been further than the truth. By the close of one particular chapter, I was in tears. The story, as close to fact as a book of fiction could be, was an interesting perspective of the ongoing Afghanistan "conflict" as well as from the perspective of two women whose lives ultimately intertwine. Needless to say, this book was nothing short of amazing. If you're touched by the human-factor, you'll love this book!
Date published: 2009-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The splendor lives on I was eagerly anticipating the softcover for months, and when I finally got my hands on a copy, I lost some of the keenness I had before. But my my, delving into the novel got me captivated in Hosseini's gift in story-telling once more. What a difference this book is to "The Kite Runner", and what a pair they are together! Using two central female characters this time round with the same backdrop of the Afghan civil war, Hosseini provides a completely separate understanding of the same issues Afghans faced, especially female suppression under the regime. Unlike the first novel, Mariam and Laila are introduced individually till they fatefully arrive at the same bottlenecked path. This is nicely structured in the book. The ladies are of different generations and opposite family backgrounds, yet have a commonness in their world. Hosseini leads you there so that you see it from their eyes, think it in their thoughts and feel it with their emotions. As "The Kite Runner" is to regret and repentance, "A Thousand Splendid Suns" is to sustenance and sacrifice.
Date published: 2008-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another gem by Hosseini Khaled Hosseini again shares with us his masterful storytelling flair with exceptional imagery, in a story that is as shocking as it is tragic. Hosseini has a deep understanding of people; emotionally, psychologically and innately. Consequently, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a visceral tale of isolation, sacrifice, and survival, whereby the reader is educated on the religious and political nightmare that has been Afghanistan for decades. Moreover, this is a story celebrating the resilience and strength of women, as well as the power of love. "A woman who will be like a rock in a riverbed, enduring without complaint, her grace not sullied but shaped by the turbulence that washes over her." www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Gem Terrific, moving, touching, memorable, simply a great novel. Similar to the Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a book that will stay with you a long time once you finish. The characters are hauntingly real and memorable. It was a novel that I simply could not put down. A fantistic read.
Date published: 2008-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!!!!!!! I adored this book and could not put it down! It is so well written and the characters are so life-like that you get attatched to them! Another great book by this author! Highly recommended!!!
Date published: 2008-07-31