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Monday, October 8, 2007

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

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Publisher: Riverhead Books

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 22 May 2007
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 1594489505
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Websites:
Khaled Hosseini – Blog
Place(s) Traveled to: Kabul, Afghanistan
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First Line:

From Barnes & Noble.com:
Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul – they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.
A Thousand Splendid Suns is the latest novel by Khaled Hosseini and as with the Kite Runner deals with life in Afghanistan. This story spans two generations and starts in a time before the Russians invaded to just after the Taliban is ousted from power.
This book sucked me in from the first page and then wouldn’t let me go. Hosseini’s latest novel is one that resonates deep inside of a person and it is both heart-warming and tragic. This is a story of friendship, love, loss, survival…..and just about life in general. It is the story of two women who struggle to make a place for themselves in a world in which they are considered to be less than nothing. There are many books out that that a person can read and then forget shortly after reading them but this story isn’t like that. This is a story that will stay with a person long after its read. I had planned to say something else here, but when the time came I just couldn’t put my thoughts into words. A Thousand Splendid Suns is just one of those stories that you must read for yourself to fully understand the power and the beauty that it contains.