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 × 5.1 × 0.92 inPublished:November 25, 2008Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites... Such a great book... I could not put this down. The writing is excellent and flows very well. It made you feel such a variety of things; it's full of heart-breaking but also uplifting moments. Heavy read but so worth it. Would absolutely recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Once in a lifetime read. You know this is a special read the moment you pick it up. Beautifully written and flows perfectly. The characters travel along with you in what seems to be a forever emotional roller coaster. A thousand times in awe of this book and will always be a favorite.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Word: Beautiful This yet another beautifully put together story. The way how the author intertwined two different characters who bonded through tragedy was amazing. This is a very emotional story that will be wel worth the time to read.
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speechless I HIGHLY recommend this book. It made me quite emotional, but totally worth the tears. You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful Loved this book! I have reread it many times. Incredibly impressive by the fact that Khaled Hosseini (a male author) was capable of writing with a female voice and perspective. There are cultural elements intertwined with the novel that place the book in the perfect context and setting. Anyone who picks up this book will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking! Khaled Hosseini is one of my favourite authors and I was not disappointed. I have reread this book a few times. It is heartbreaking, has made me cry but it is so well written and such a page turner. It was hard to read in some parts but I just could not put it down.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasantly Surprised I thought I would end up hating this book as books like this are really not my cup of tea but I was pleasantly surprised. This book evoked so much emotion and I was able to resonate with this book in a way I thought I couldn't. It really touched my heart and I have this love-hate relationship where hate the book but it's also one of the greatest books I have ever read. It's really a book where you can easily get lost into and really connect with the characters. This book was so out of my comfort zone but I absolutely love it.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotionally impactful Similar to the Kite Runner, this novel was equally emotionally heart wrenching. There were many instances of sadness. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a heavy read, although be advised you will likely need the Kleenex box near.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Took a chance and loved it I heard about this book years ago but did not think it was something I would like. A friend recently recommended it to me and I am so glad I decided to give it a chance. Although I shed many tears reading it, I absolutely loved the story and the way it was written.
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking! This book really touched the very core in me... i was crying after reading it but I love this book!!!
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good book This story was very interesting and the writing is great.
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just too goooood This is a great writer and I definitely recommend this book as this is a beautiful story that will reach the hearts of every individual. its a great followup book after the amazing book the kite runner. must read.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another beautifully written piece Khaled Hosseini has done it again. Stolen our emotions in a whirlwind of a story where we ourselves become entangled in the lives of these characters.
Date published: 2018-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommended from a friend This was a good book, not one of my favorites. The story is captivating, but I found certain sections were a little stagnant. Overall, very interesting topic and you relate to certain characters and feel their strong emotions. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from another excellent read It is the story of poor, uneducated women who have to endure the hardships of life in Afghanistan. Great exposure to another culture.
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye Opening! This was the second book published by this author. A Thousand Splendid Suns chronicles the lives of two young girls who grow up in Afghanistan. I found it more disturbing to read because the vivid descriptions left nothing to the imagination. I am sure it was also more disturbing because the central characters were women regarding a present day situation. An important read for all.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must-read I absolutley loved this book! It gives you insight and perspective as to the lives of women in Afganistan. Heartbreaking and moving story
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An iconic book I loved this book so much, it truly teaches you and makes you think how other people live their lives and the experiences and hardships they have to endure. It makes you cry, smile, and think and I think everyone should have the opportunity to read a beautiful book like this one. I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and teaches you This book definitely gave me a new perspective on what it must have been like in that time during Afghanistan for a women. Heartbreaking, beautiful storytelling, honest characters. I personally liked A Thousand Splendid Suns better than the Kite Runner, but both are amazing stories.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great and Emotional Book Read this awhile ago, but it is still prevalent in my mind, very moving and heartbreaking at times.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book Khaled Hosseini has done it again with another masterpiece.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing characters, beautiful story Again, Hosseini does not disappoint. So beautifully written and such a powerful story!
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This book broke my heart so many times yet I couldn't put it down. Amazing author!
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story I've never read a book like this before! This is my favorite book by this author!
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favourite book! This is my favourite book by the author and one of my favourite books. beautiful!
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, heart wrenching, thought provoking Title says it all. One of the best historical fictions I have read. Khaled Hosseini is truly poetic in his descriptive storytelling and in his abilities to pull on readers' heartstrings. A Thousand Splendid Suns describes the horrors of war, occupation and personal loss through two Afghani women whose lives evidently cross over amidst unfortunate events.
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absolutely captivating Captivating from the beginning. By the last quarter of the novel, I could not put it down. The relationships and emotions were very well written and the most engrossing aspects of the book. I found the history portions to be slightly awkward- between narrative and dialogue, it felt forced. I would have liked to know more and have more historical/political background there, but I understand the characters wouldn't have had access to that. I guess that's where the narrative felt misplaced. Overall a wonderful and powerful read.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreakingly Beautiful I cannot recommend this book enough, I spent the last 100 pages weeping. It is SO well done.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book This is one of the most amazing books I've ever read. Khaled is an amazing author. He makes you cry and laugh with the characters you are reading about while also making you feel grateful for everything that you have.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my absolute favourite book I don't cry much when I'm reading, but this book definitely found its way to squeeze my heartstrings. So involved with these characters from the first to the last page, I couldn't put it down except to grab a box of tissues. Not for the faint of heart, subject matter is very sad, but an eye opener and a must to read. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best I simply cannot describe how incredible this book is! While reading this, I felt so much emotion that I started crying. So much is happening in this book that we don't actually get to hear about or see everyday and this just opened up my eyes to see how lucky we are. This has to easily be one of my favourite books! I totally recommend it, you won't regret it.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from another great book khaled hosseini definitely knows how to write a good story. this is the second book i bought that he wrote and i think he may be my favorite author. i love his style.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece This book is fantastically written. You will experience the sadness and triumphs of the main characters as if they are your dear friends. Amazing.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from could not put it down Once you start reading its so hard to put it down. Takes you on a journey thats filled with all kinds of emotions! great read!!
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Khaled Hosseini can do no wrong This book takes you on a real journey. Trust me when I say you will not want to put it down. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great author Thoroughly enjoyed " The Kite Runner". Story, character development, this book has it all. I read this when it was first released in 2008, just reread it this week. Highly recommend any of his books.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great novel by the author I read this many years after reading The Kite Runner. The reason for taking so long to read it after finishing The Kite Runner was because I did not know if I wanted to feel such turbulent emotions that this author loves to create once again. However, I decided to read it and again, I was left with a myriad of emotions and after thoughts. The author's style of writing and depicting stories is truly a marvel. A definite read for everyone.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite authors. Khaled's books bring me joy and tears. I have read them all and hope that he will be releasing more books in the future.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection There are no other words to describe how moving this book was. My all time favourite.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it...must read all 3! I truly think everyone needs to read all 3 of this authors works. This is the worst of the 3 but still much better than most books I've read!
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not his best work, but still really fucking good I found his other two books to be significantly better, but this wasn't bad at all. Definitely worth the read. You'll probably cry reading this
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Novel This book is so beautifully written. So raw and real and you can feels the struggles and hurdles the characters go through. loved this novel.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I cried while reading this book. Although its fiction, It describes the life in Afghanistan very well. After reading this book, i realized how grateful i am to be living in Canada and having everything and everyone around me.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Height of Human Connection This book is incredibly well-written and will engulf you in all that the characters experience. Evokes deep emotion and empathy for the plight of the women in this story. A hard, but good read. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book after reading the author's first book.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking but incredible I got this book because it was assigned for a course I took in university about racialization and the law. This was like the female version of The Kite Runner. It broke my heart but it was an incredible story about perseverance and friendship. Laila and Mariam are strong and unforgettable, you'll be rooting for them the entire time.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book. I keep looking for a book as good as this one.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful book Because of "The kite runner" was so good, I borrowed the book from my friend. It is a very powerful reading, and sometimes difficult to breathe. If you already read "The kite Runner" you know what to expect. Althogh if you didn't read yet, you must read both.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bone Chilling I bought this book because I had enjoyed The Kite Runner so much. This book is so raw, and real, it leaves you truly shaken. It is one of those books that are absolutely devastating to read, but you know the narrative is so important for people to know.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sheer Brilliance! A Thousand Splendid Suns is a sweeping tale of love, loss and the revival of hope. This story takes us to the war ravaged land of Afghanistan, where two generations of women struggle to find their identities and survive amidst death and loss. The characters of Mariam and Laila will stay with you long after you finish reading. From foe to friend, an unlikely friendship blossoms between the two women as they stand by each other through thick and thin. The book is also in a way a celebration of the immense will of women who steadfastly carry on despite the burdens and sorrows that life has to offer.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Author I love reading his books because each and every one of his novels is written so creatively!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10/10 would recommend I don't get to read as often as I'd like but I'm so glad I picked this book up. Very well written and will be sure to pull at your heart strings!
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Amazing book! Read it twice because its so good!
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Even better than the kite runner which i already loved
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring My heart aches every time I think about this book. This book will tear your heart apart and you will let it.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye opening Truly an amazing story and the author is incredibly talented in his writing. Very moving and very much worth a read! Recommend for sure!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic A heartbreaking novel but oh so good. I adored reading every page. Definitely recommended! And make sure to read The Kite Runner by the same author too.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Such a moving book. Khaled Hosseini's writing style was spectacular
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speechless Wonderfull book, the author left me amazed a second time
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow This was a great read, it helps people like me see more of other people's reality, it was heartbreaking sometimes, but it also helped me see the world more clear.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I ever read! I loved this book. the writing is exceptional and the story was inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time. I very seldom ever read a book more than once, but I read this book twice, about 2 years apart. Just as good the second time. Also recommended this book to my teenage daughter who was doing a high school project. She was amazed by the book too! I would highly recommend this book to anyone, particularly women.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent book Not as powerful as The Kite Runner but as excellently written. A very touching story leaving me excited to read Hossein's And The Mountains Echoed.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Single best book I have ever read This is the most powerful book I have ever read. I couldn't put it down. Not a light read, very emotional, but very enjoyable. It makes you reflect on so many aspects of your life and your relationships with others. HIGHLY recommended read.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from great read this was a great read but not as compelling for me as Hosseini others books
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from powerful and well written story powerful and well written story
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from powerful and well written story powerful and well written story
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Favourite This book was and continues to be a favourite of mine - it is a powerful read and one that leaves you contemplating the lives of the characters well after you've finished the last page. Very well written!
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed I really enjoyed reading this book even though the material was excruciatingly sad. I really felt for the characters and wanted to find out what happened to them. I also found the history of Afghanistan very interesting as I didn't know much about it.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my favourite book that I have read! I personally think that this was Khaled Hosseini's best book out of the three he has written.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO SO SO SAD! But SO SO SO GOOD! This is one of those books that everyone needs to read. You're gonna cry at least 5 times but you wont be able to put it down.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fav Forever a favourite after The Kite Runner. A classic and must read.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating This book was captivating. I finished it in two days.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A heart- wrenching novel that teaches the undeniable strengths of women A beautiful and emotional novel A beautiful novel about two women who develop an unlikely relationship while escaping their plight living in turbulent Afghanistan.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful and emotional novel A beautiful novel about two women who develop an unlikely relationship while escaping their plight living in turbulent Afghanistan.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply amazing I recommend this book to everyone! It's beautiful, sad, and educational about life for women in Afghanistan.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An all time favorite Beautifully written. Insightful showing a woman's perspective on living in Afghanistan.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favourite book This book offers a much needed (even if fictional) women's perspective on family/social/religious attitudes. I love how it provides a very differing view from both the female main characters.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and Emotional This book was very well-written and emotional. I really liked how Hosseini wrote about the stories of two different women and tied their lives/situations together as the book went on. A really good read, would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! This is an incredible book. It is so real and raw. It showcases the strength of women in this environment as well as themes of friendship through debilitating circumstances. It touches on sacrifice and deals with the crime of abuse and torture that can happen in marriages. Really a heart wrenching book and yet you won't want to put it down.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down This is a beautiful read, however it is also a very emotional and at times depressing read. This book gives an important look at life and culture in Afghanistan.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from never disapointed I have read this book multiple times and I always take something new from it.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deep and beautifully written I loved this book so much I nearly cried when I read the end. It was so moving and it really makes you think about how good you have it in comparison.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing As with kite runner this book is well written and makes you appreciate Canadian life. I have read this book multiple times and will read it multiple more.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DO NOT READ IN PUBLIC!!! Do not read in public...unless you are wearing waterproof mascara and have a BOX of tissues handy. I ugly-cried my way through this book. Heartbreaking, devastating, emotional...makes you so grateful for the lives and freedoms we have here in the western world. Was so hard to put down. An excellent read. Highly highly highly recommend. Unless you're in public.
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional An emotional and powerful book that illustrates the difficult lives that women must lead and heartbreak choices with which they are faced.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True and Sad Very emotional book. Gives you a different perspective on the lives of women in different countries. Worth a read, might make you cry.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book Makes me emotional every time I read this. It's one of those where you can read it a thousand times and never get sick of it!
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