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Book Review : A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


'Learn this well and learn it now my daughter: Like a compass needle that points north, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam.'


Book Name : A Thousand Splendid Suns

Author : Khaled Hosseini

Genre : Domestic Fiction

Publisher : Riverhead Books


5 ★


A thousand splendid suns tells the story of the struggles and lives of two women from two generation in Afghanistan and how their lives intersect.

Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed a man much older than her. Nearly two decades later a friendship forms between Mariam and Laila a local teenager as strong as the ties between mother and daughter.When the Taliban takes over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move people to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with startling heroism


With all the praising of this book I was reluctant to pick this up. I was worried that it would disappoint me and may not be as good. But I was proved wrong.

If you are a lover of great writing and fiction and you have not yet read 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' you are missing out on something more than a marvellous life changing journey. The story is set in Afghanistan. It tells the story of Mariam an illegitimate child of a wealthy businessman and his maid and the story of Laila, daughter to a school teacher and a progressive mother. The story spans over decades and generations, walking us through the beauty of Afghanistan before the war and its transformation during the war. Each character gets attached to our hearts. For once I think I experienced what an actual war may look like. The helplessness and abuse of women and children in their own households.

This is a tragically beautiful story that will link our hearts to the may lives it shows us. The pain and loss are real. Only the characters and their lives are fictional but the war is a true story. The sad reality that strikes you when you read the masterpiece is that there are women and orphaned children in Afghanistan who might have experienced such brutality and perhaps they still are.

Overall an excellent heart breaking experience that will make you thank the Heavens for all the small beauties in a sea of tragedy. Khaled Hosseini's writing is beautiful and characters are living and breathing. I loved it with all my heart. I recommend this to all the readers out there. Grab a bx of tissue and a copy of this miracle of a book.

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