- Paperback: 419 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing India Private Limited; Indian Edition edition (2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781408844441
- ISBN-13: 978-1408844441
- ASIN: 1408844443
- Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 19.8 x 13.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 829 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Thousand Splendid Suns Paperback – 2013
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About the Author
About the Author: Khaled Hosseini was born in Afghanistan, but currently lives in California. He moved to America when his family got political asylum in the year 1980. He works as a physician in USA and is also the author of the bestselling novel The Kite Runner, which was made into a movie and a graphic novel. The Kite Runner was his first book and the Penguin/Orange Broadband Readers' Group Prize winner from 2006 to 2009. The film adaption of his first book was nominated for three British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards.
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When I did, a week ago I was engulfed by the beauty of Khaled's writing.
Beauty is when you are not willing to believe the characters are fictional.
Beauty is when you decide with firm conviction that maybe, in some distant future your child will bear the name 'Aziza'
Beauty is when your weeping becomes second nature, when you begin to understand the great human suffering .
When you realise that you have been gifted. The mere things that we've been taking for granted, the things that we have at our disposal every single day, there are people out there for whom this may seem as a dream, maybe a dream never fulfilled.
You will realize one thing for sure -
To respect and honor Human Beings. For a great deal has been endured by humanity.
For every person we encounter has a story, wants to be understood, every person wants to be embraced, has dreams, wants to be seen.
When you realise this you will start serving, uplifting, giving instead of wanting and getting.
This book will break you.
Break your ego.
Break your desire for needs shoved through the wrath of consumerism.
It will break your heart into a million shards.
I urge you to read this unforgettable book. Let it take you down heartbreak zone. And liberate a sense of empathy, compassion and meaning that is in you, already. And that which the world so desperately needs.
But when i finished this book and kept it aside, a feeling of relaxation and peacefulness washed over me. War and Civil Wars, as we read and hear from media, sounds and feels very dreadful. But to live through and survive/suffer that is something one would never want to go through. You will live through those through the eyes of Mariam and Laila while reading this book.
A humble and heartfelt ovation to the beautiful book and the writer.
There is heartache, joy, tenderness, pain, regret, sacrifice,..so much enfolded into this masterpiece and told with such depth you can almost feel the oppression that the women lived through.
"A man's accusing finger always finds a woman."
-Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns
Overall, it was a beautiful book that really opened my eyes to the wonderful people of Afghanistan and their history and how many women are still mistreated today.
I read a lot during my office commute and I was looking for some acclaimed books to read when I made up my mind to read "A Thousand Splendid Suns". The novel leaves me with mixed feelings : more sorrow than happiness. The novel covers the stories of two main Muslim Aghan women ( a rarity and unique arc) : Mariam and Laila. Mariam is an illegitimate child who gets married off at an early age to Rasheed and Laila a precocious girl who loses her father and ends up by fate as Rasheeds second wife. The women develop a bond which is the crux of this story along with Lailas love life. This is set against the backdrop of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the infighting post the Soviets leaving, the Taliban (and radicalization), the refugee crisis, a drought and at last the US war on Afghanistan in post 9/11 world. We often see Afghanistan nowadays from the eyes of the West and its media. This gives you an insider perspective as to how these events touch the daily life of Afghan people.
Although, at times the pain became unbelievable while reading this novel at the despair and I wanted to put it down to read something cheerful I am glad I persisted because the author ends on a happy note (at least for Laila).
One day, I plan to visit Afghanistan and visit Herat and Kabul for myself slightly more wiser and perceptive for the book.