A Thousand Splendid Suns (Hardcover)

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Hosseini presents a haunting tale

by Topbookreviews@aol.com on 10/17/2007

Hosseini presents a haunting tale of Afghanistan and this time without the one dimensional villains and the slightly implausible coincidences. The story tells of two women growing up in different generations who by various tricks of fate end up being married to the same man. In truth the story line is a fairly familiar mix of the oppressed Muslim women seeking emancipation from their brute of a husband but the way in which the tale is told is where the beauty lies. The prose is eloquent, the style haunting and the story containing an almost unspeakable sadness as we are entreated to be part of their lives during the periods of great change for Afghanistan as the characters strive towards attaining their happy ending. If you haven't read Kite Runner, do so. If you're looking for another great read try The Fates by Tino Georgiou. Read More

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by Pepa "Red" Braxton on 11/25/2007

A far more accomplished offering that his debut novel, Hosseini presents a haunting tale of Afghanistan and this time without the one dimensional villains and the slightly implausible coincidences. The story tells of two women growing up in different generations who by various tricks of fate end up being married to the same man. In truth the story line is a fairly familiar mix of the oppressed Muslim women seeking emancipation from their brute of a husband but the way in which the tale is told is where the beauty lies. The prose is eloquent, the style haunting and the story containing an almost unspeakable sadness as we are entreated to be part of their lives during the periods of great change for Afghanistan as the characters strive towards attaining their happy ending. If you haven't read Kite Runner, do so. If you have, I'd recommend The Fates by Tino Georgiou. Read More

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From The Publisher:
After 103 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and with four million copies of The Kite Runner shipped, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today.

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

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 stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love. Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made "The Kite Runner" a classic, Hosseinis latest novel is at once an incredible chronicle of 30 years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation found in love.


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Afghan-American novelist Hosseini follows up his bestselling The Kite Runner with another searing epic of Afghanistan in turmoil. The story covers three decades of anti-Soviet jihad, civil war and Taliban tyranny through the lives of two women. Mariam is the scorned illegitimate daughter of a wealthy businessman, forced at age 15 into marrying the 40-year-old Rasheed, who grows increasingly brutal as she fails to produce a child. Eighteen later, Rasheed takes another wife, 14-year-old Laila, a smart and spirited girl whose only other options, after her parents are killed by rocket fire, are prostitution or starvation. Against a backdrop of unending war, Mariam and Laila become allies in an asymmetrical battle with Rasheed, whose violent misogyny—"There was no cursing, no screaming, no pleading, no surprised yelps, only the systematic business of beating and being beaten"—is endorsed by custom and law. Hosseini gives a forceful but nuanced portrait of a patriarchal despotism where women are agonizingly dependent on fathers, husbands and especially sons, the bearing of male children being their sole path to social status. His tale is a powerful, harrowing depiction of Afghanistan, but also a lyrical evocation of the lives and enduring hopes of its resilient characters. - Publisher's Weekly
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Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9781594489501
SKU 203967043
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1594489505
Release Date 5/22/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9.5H x 6L x 1.5T
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"[A] powerful, harrowing depiction of Afghanistan, but also a lyrical evocation of the lives and enduring hopes of its resilient characters." (starred review)
From the Publisher
Annotation Khaled Hosseini's bestselling debut novel THE KITE RUNNER told of the bond and betrayal that linked two young Afghani boys, and showed how their personal and political history affected their lives and the lives of their children. In his second novel A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS Hosseini shows the tenuous alliance made between two Afghan women who are both married to the same brutal older man. Miriam, an illegitimate daughter, is 15 when she is married to Rasheed. Years later he takes another wife, the orphaned 14-year old Laila. Together, the two women, subjugated by culture and circumstance, must find a way to survive and protect that most-precious of commodities: hope.
Editors Note Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in war-torn Kabul, losses incurred over the course of thirty years that test the limits of their strength and courage. By the author of The Kite Runner. 600,000 first printing.

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