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A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns

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Language English
Binding Paperback
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism.About The AuthorKhaled Hosseini was born in Afghanistan and his family received political asylum in the USA in 1980. He lives in California and he works as a physician. First published in the UK in September 2003 and winner of the Borders Original Voices Award and a New York Times bestseller, The Kite Runner, his first novel, won The Penguin/Orange Broadband Readers' Group Prize three years in a row from 2006.A Thousand Splendid Suns went straight to Number 1 in the Fiction Besteller charts on publication in May 2007. A Thousand Splendid Suns was award ... See more
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  1.  Expect the unexpected !!! 8 August, 2013 On
    To begin with , if you expect the unexpected , this book is a perfect
    choice to head for !
    Khaled Hosseini, the writer has sermoned the life of women plagued
    with turmoil and torture in Afghanistan contemplated in a story giving
    rise to goose bumps !
    This story starts with a little girl Mariam who lives in asparity of
    her mother who's indeed considered insane by many .. In a place which
    is in the outskirts of Herat ... She waits for her dreams to come true
    as promised by her father Jalil...But to her dismay instead she is
    sent away to Kabul at the age of 15 only to marry this tortuous ,
    astute, Rasheed. Bearing his violence for nearly 2 decades, a
    friendship blooms between Mariam and Laila , a small town teenager
    which becomes as strong as a mother and child! Their lives are
    captivated by Talibans as they take over Kabul. A desparate struggle
    against starvation, brutality and fear as the book proceeds, love in
    the end wins over hatred and war ! The end brings tears rolling down
    your cheek for this gripping story of the journey of Mariam and Laila
    overcome the most daunting obstacles with startling heroism!
    The inception of this book may seem to be at a slow pace , but after a
    few chapters you are definitely gripped till the end just realising
    that the journey of reading a masterful narrative was worth it !!! :)
    It is a book I thoroughly enjoyed and would love people who have not read to read it and experience the the goosebumps while the story takes you into a different world :)
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  2.  Amazing tale mesmerizing story telling. 25 June, 2014 On
    Birth on this world could be such an ordeal and that too "an illegitimate birth" where she is owned and same time repudiated. She can't identify what crime she has done because she is blamed for something she never committed. She has the father and the mother 'by karma' but she never felt being brought up in a family. At a very young age she got to know what is the meaning of 'Harami" (bastard) because she observed people whispering something slyly when she use to pass by the streets to buy balloons or to play with other children. Childhood was a dream for her which she always savored vicariously. The sun dawned from the golden arc made in the womb of mother earth and she always prayed that this blooming sun would bring some happiness in her life where she would belong somewhere. But the sun too was treacherous and night betrayed her with impish skills and she waited all the night for her father in the coldest street outside where even frozen leaves sheltered beyond the foliage of tree to evade chill, and unfortunately none was there to save her from the cruelness of the nature. She kept hoping that he would come and embrace her. But it didn't happen it had not to happen. She wanted to prove that she was not a bastard rather she was an object of love but that conception faded soon and in the wake of that she lost her mother as her mother vowed that if she went to visit her father she would die.
    The story of Miriam is weaved in the socio economic background of Afghanistan. The author has been successful to blend the characters with the contemporary phenomenon and he has quite justified all the characters. The writing is embellished with excellent metaphors and the language flows to your mind through your lips and makes an everlasting impression. Khaled has exuded that he can make an ordinary plot a very engrossing and absorbing through his extraordinary writing where he reaches the pinnacle of pictorial presentation through words. He does not write rather he paints graffiti which has the chaos but the sagacity at the same time. This has part perplexity and part bliss; Perplexity because that is the demand of the story and bliss because when you get the gist of it you really feel levitated and delighted. The some of poetic effects;
    "The daylight bleached the darkness."
    "The air was windless and smelled like burning coals."
    "This was a legitimate end of the life of illegitimate beginnings."
    Khaled Hossini is the astounding writer who has acute sense of human emotion on the backdrop of social and political canvass.
    The story is very ordinary and I will not disclose. Just go on and read 'A THOUSAND Splendid Suns.
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  3.  Women, struggle and hope 14 November, 2013 On
    This story details the struggles of women in Afganisthan which is heartwrenching, engaging and one that gives hope to all who have been some sort of struggle. The narration is very descriptive that could be too much to digest. Beware the weak hearted! Nevertheless I would recommend every woman to read it.
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  4.  This book changed my opinion about a womens Life 5 April, 2013 On
    Its a story of mariam life. The way Khalid Hosseni has put up Mariam when she is small, married, widowed & old. This book has taken me aback as to how a girl goes through many phases of her life & how she takes out the courae to stop the wrong doings happening within her family.
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  5. 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
     Eye-stinging and heart squeezing. 9 December, 2013 On
    Not any review or mine can ever justify this book, but I'll try..
    The book is about Miriam, an illegitimate child of a Film Theatre owner
    and a house keeper, she waits for her father against her mother's protests down the creek,living in a shack with enough commodities to go on.
    Then there is Laila, a lively and young girl, a scholar who wants to become something bigger and better than the women in Afghanistan when she grows up. Is supported by her father, has a loving mother and a good fast friend. She has nothing to lose, but the universe is hell-bent to make her suffer....
    Struck by war, these women living in the same lane and neighbourhood who were never acquainted come together in an unexpected twist that binds them in a mother-daughter relationship and undaunted love to support each other in much bad times.
    It gives you a glimpse of the life lived by these poor women in Afghanistan and difficulties faced by them at every step of their life.
    This book will leave you heart-broken with stinging eyes from all the unshed tears and would make you want to reconsider that not all is justified and excusable under "ALLAH-HU-AKBAR".
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  6. 2 of 5 people found this review helpful
     Sheer Brilliance! 8 May, 2013 On
    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.
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