A Thousand Splendid Suns

By Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns

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A Thousand Splendid Suns

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A Thousand Splendid Suns is a novel by Khaled Hosseini, an Afghan-American author from 2007. It's his second, after his 2003 debut on bestselling, The Kite Runner. The book, which spans a period of over 40 years, from the 1960s to 2003, focuses on the tumultuous life and relationship of two Afghan w... omen, Mariam and Laila. Mariam, an illegitimate child, suffers throughout her marriage from the stigma surrounding her birth and the abuse she is facing. Laila, born a generation later, is relatively privileged during her youth until their lives intersect and she is also forced to accept Rasheed, Mariam's husband's marriage proposal.

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  • GENRES

    Fiction

  • PUBLISHED BY

    Bloomsbury uk

  • PUBLISHED ON

    May 22, 2007

  • ISBN

    0747582971 , 9780747582977

  • FORMAT

    Paperback

  • LANGUAGE

    English

  • NO. OF PAGES

    372

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Quotes from A Thousand Splendid Suns

I'm sorry," Laila says, marveling at how every Afghan story is marked by death and loss and unimaginable grief. And yet, she sees, people find a way to survive, to go on.

You changed the subject."
"From what?"
"The empty-headed girls who think you're sexy."
"You know."
"Know what?"
"That I only have eyes for you.

And the past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and its accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion. And whenever those twin poisonous flowers began to sprout in the parched land of that field, Mariam uprooted them. She uprooted them and ditched them before they took hold.

Perhaps this is just punishment for those who have been heartless, to understand only when nothing can be undone.

A man's heart is a wretched, wretched thing. It isn't like a mother's womb. It won't bleed. It won't stretch to make room for you.

A society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated...

Reviews of A Thousand Splendid Suns

Another artistic triumph, and surefire bestseller, for this fearless writer.

In the end it is these glimpses of daily life in Afghanistan that make this novel so stirring, and that distract attention from its myriad flaws.

The protagonists, Mariam and Laila, are such inspirational women that you aspire to have the same toughness of spirit as they do, and to stand up for oppressed women around the world...in my opinion, this is Hosseini's best work, outshining even the highly acclaimed The Kite Runner.

Some of Hosseini's characters, such as the demonic Rasheed, still feel more like obstacle courses that must be overcome by his battling lead characters. He still italicises far too many sentences and his chapter endings are like an archive of narrative alarm bells. But this is a good and readable work.

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