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Riverhead Books

[A Thousand Splendid Suns] (By: Khaled Hosseini) [published: June, 2007]

Riverhead Books

[A Thousand Splendid Suns] (By: Khaled Hosseini) [published: June, 2007]

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It's difficult to imagine a harder first act to follow than The Kite Runner: a debut novel by an unknown writer about a country many readers knew little about that has gone on to have over four million copies in print worldwide. But when preview copies of Khaled Hosseini's second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, started circulating at Amazon.com, readers reacted with a unanimous enthusiasm that few of us could remember seeing before. As special as The Kite Runner was, those readers said, A Thousand Splendid Suns is more so, bringing Hosseini's compassionate storytelling and his sense of personal and national tragedy to a tale of two women that is weighted equally with despair and grave hope. We wanted to spread the word on the book as widely, and as soon, as we could. See below for an exclusive excerpt from A Thousand Splendid Suns and early reviews of the book from some of our top customer reviewers.--The Editors
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A story about the hardship and strength of two Afghan womenA great written novel taking us through the lives of 2 amazing and strong Afghan women Mariam and Laila.Although they come from different generations, they encounter the same hardship, pain and suffering in changing Afghanistan and it s brutal and violent history.I do not want to write more about the story itself, as I do not want to spoil it for anyone who has not yet read it.After breezing through some of the reviews, I started to read this book with very high expectations. This novel exceeded them and left me completely overwhelmed.One of the best reads ever, and I do read A LOT. An eye opener. A perspective changer. It made me cry and it tied my stomach in a knot multiple times.I read through some pages pressing one of my hands on my mouth, wishing for what was happening to end and for the characters to stop suffering.Although this book was so hard to put down, I did it just to get up at night to hug and kiss my sleeping little daughters. I stayed awake just to keep reading.With all the noise around flags, to kneel or not to kneel during national anthem etc. this should be an obligatory read for everyone who is privileged to live in a peaceful country.A MUST read.5A Thousand Splendid SunsTo be honest, I didn't think I would finish this book. I got through perhaps the first 50 pages and thought, there is no way I can finish this. I got through the first 100 pages and thought, I definitely will have to stop reading this. But, as you can see, I did finish it, and feel compelled to rate it 5 stars.This is *not* light reading. It is extremely heart-wrenching from start to finish. (I would also say that, if you are a survivor of domestic violence, be prepared for very descriptive passages of beatings, rape, strangulation, isolation, and other horrific abuse.) From the horrors of abuse to the horrors of war, this book does not leave any dark part of the human heart unexplored. And that is why it is so difficult to read.At the same time, it was not a book I could give up on. The character dynamics in the book are so complex that, after a while, they truly seemed like real people. The enduring power of Mariam's spirit is, all at once, beautiful, inspiring, and heartbreaking. And, even in a time of war, love and friendship ultimately survive.This story also gives some insight to Western readers about what Afghanistan was like, pre-9/11.I highly recommend this book and will be reading more by this author.5Everyone. EVERYONE should read this book.Oh boy. Be sure to have a box of tissues nearby when you dive into this book. It is so, SO powerful. I wondered before starting the book if I will compare the book to the Kite Runner. And I didn t. While both books discuss inequality and injustice in the world, A Thousand Splendid Sun is a powerful must-read in its very own way. The story of the two women left me with such mixed emotions and many tear and snot soaked tissues. I had to pause many times because certain parts are just too excruciating to read and I couldn t help but be reminded that this brutal story was someone s reality and it still IS a reality for so many women in the world. While we have come so far in gender equality, there still are sisters who are suffering from injustice today. Many of us are lucky enough to not know it and it s easy to forget with our first world problems. And that is why I think this book is so important. I urge you to read it and push through the painful heartbreaks that you will encounter in your read. I urge you to recommend this book to everyone who hasn t already read it.5Story told from a female perspective about the hard life of women in that country.Ah, Hosseini is a master storyteller. His characters almost feel like you know them and you get into their lives and their thinking and feeling. This book is mostly about the women in the country and what life for many of them is like: difficult, repressive, unjust. Yet the women continue on, they persevere and make the most of what they can get but it has to be a very sad life, maybe making death a welcome relief. Just plain living for them is hard, then you layer on the Taliban, and the warring. Ugh. I wish it were otherwise for these women but until the people change their mindset, things won't change much for them.5Heart wrenching and wonderful all at once. LOVE.My heart was torn to pieces and put back together again several times throughout this book, with my heart ending in a state of contentment that is shaded with sadness with the passing of clouds. A wonderfully written tale of tragedy and the endurance of love for one's family members. I did not know how deep love could run, especially when laced with such extreme circumstances and incredible cruelty, and I'm so very grateful for what this tale has taught me about the human spirit and the lives of those of whom I'll never know. This tale surrounding historical events in Afghanistan is superbly written and conveys such a deep degree of emotion that I found myself several times wracked with sadness that has now and will forever leave its mark upon my heart, as it goes out to the people who have had to, and still do, endure pure acts of evil that are unfathomable to me. Aziza's character will now always be with me, because I was born in the same year as she was, and it was harrowing to think about how incredibly different our lives were from each other. They were parallel in many ways, but worlds apart in the end, and I'm pained to think of how my life would be if I had not been born as an American. A sad but wonderful tale that I think any reader would enjoy and grieve over.5Loved it!I love Khaled as an author, I have just about all his works. This book was a little difficult to read. It didn't appear in the same writing style as the Kite Runner. However this was an amazing story as well. It was also difficult to read because of the story line itself. It was hard to read the things the characters were going through, some of it was heart breaking. Nevertheless He hit another home run with this book because I couldn't put it down. The story told here is vivid, and terrifying, but simply amazing. Khaled is one of my favorite writers and this book is now one of my favorite stories told.5Well worth the time to readThis book was not an easy read - not because it was poorly written, indeed the author did a masterful job. But this book brings history to life in a very personal way, and so many things were really hard to read about. It is astonishing how Afghanistan went, in a relatively short period of time, from free to Communism, to civil war, to religious oppression, and now, hopefully, back to freedom. The things these women went through is incredible.I applaud this author for his courage in taking what we hear about in the news, and turning it into something we can feel. Only then will people take action to help.4A disjointed tale held together by the ravages of war.The story is set in Afghanistan during its most turbulent years, the Afghan war, the tribal conflict, and then the invasion by the Taliban. Now to the review.As another reviewer, who has given it 5 stars, has said, by the time I had gone through first 40 50 or so pages, I was at a complete loss as to where it was heading. Then the author completely abandons the plot line that he establishes using the first 40 50 pages or so, and takes the reader to a town some six hundred kilometers from the town where the tale originally started. Now in a new town, for another 20 30 pages, you have to become acquainted with completely new characters living their own lives so far completely detached from the lives of the people introduced in the initial few chapters.Eventually, the war engulfs the city of Kabul, and some of the characters from the two tales that had existed independently so far, find themselves in one house. At this point, it starts to feel like a cohesive tale moving in some direction.I certainly would not say that it s a bad read, but I failed to find it as excellently told as most of the reviewers would have you believe. Just a couple of days prior to reading this book, I finished Dan Brown s Origin, and I would certainly rate Origin as a book with a much more cohesive plot.3A moving & beautifully written story of love and self-sacrifice.I should preface my review with a warning about this book: it depicts stark brutality that some men can inflict on women, war's random and chaotic violence, and will be a tough read for some.Having expressed this warning, I thoroughly enjoyed "A Thousand Splendid Suns" and highly recommend it! Khaled Hosseini is a first rate story teller in the vein of John Steinbeck (and I do mean he is that good). The book is part novel, part morality story, and part historical fiction. It takes place in Afghanistan in a thirty (+) year span ending in the mid 2000's. It not only tells a heart-wrenching story about two brutalized women and their strength and courage, it also depicts ordinary life in Afghanistan during almost continuous war (Soviet invasion, war lord conflicts, the rise of the Taliban, and the after effects of 9/11/2001). But it is also a beautiful story of love, sacrifice, and loyalty that will bring you to tears. If you can deal with its unflinching ferocity, this story is more than worth your time.5AMAZING.Amazing! Want to read it again! I didn't think he could outdo Kite Runner but this novel was eye-opening, breathtaking, heartbreaking all in one. Highly, highly recommend!The tale follows two women across decades of war, love, heartbreak, faith & family:Mariam, lives with her mother out in the middle of nowhere. Her father is a rich businessman, Jalil, but he does not live with them, seemingly ashamed by his illegitimate daughter, but still comes to see her - almost weekly. Mariam ADORES him. But then tragedy strikes and Jalil in turn forces Mariam to move to Kabul and marry an older, cruel man named Rasheed.Laila, who is raised in Kabul but grows up in a life very different than Mariams. Her family is loving, and her father loves her very much, and is always present. She has friends and a boyfriend and a wonderful life.Layla and Mariam lives are eventually woven together in an intimate, tragic and emotional way.All the feels for this book! The emotions will hit you hard and it's a testament to Hosseini's incredible storytelling that to me, has no faults. A must read.5
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