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stephanie.sanchez66, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by stephanie.sanchez66)
Captivating! Powerful! Amazing! I recommend, anyone to read, this book!
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LASALLE12456, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by LASALLE12456)
The second offering for Hosseini. The Kite Runner was spectacular. This second book was even better.
It offers a personal view of the life of women in Afghanistan. A great read. The story of a young girl who is "orphaned", then shortly married off into a harsh life. It is the story of women bonding in a harsh country.
Don't pass this book up. You will be challenged by it's brutality. A page turner to the conclusion.
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Elizabeth Larsen, January 20, 2012 (view all comments by Elizabeth Larsen)
A beautiful book. Helps the world understand women and their lives in Afghanistan.
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masterspyforever, September 22, 2011 (view all comments by masterspyforever)
This is one of those books that everyone should read.

I came across this book by chance - while reading the Kite Runner, I forgot my copy at home, so thought I'd pick one up from the school library. The Kite Runner was gone, but when I saw that this was by the same author, I thought it was worth a chance.

It spans forty years - from the early childhood of a young girl, Mariam, to her death. Also featured is the second wife of her husband, whom he marries when Mariam in unable to give him a child. This girl agrees to the marriage because she is already pregnant; her parents are dead, and she believes the father of her child to be, as well.

From watching the two women band together to survive their husbands abuse, living in poverty, attempting to escape to freedom, to having to read as Aziza, the daughter Laila, be abandoned at an orphanage, this book will impact your life for the rest of your days. If you are a woman, you will realize exactly how lucky you are to live in a world where we have the freedoms that we do. If you are a man, you will see the importance of family loyalty.

I hope to see another book from Hosseini in the future.
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Debra K, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Debra K)
Khaled Hosseini wrote another good book that demystifies Afghanistan. This time he uses the lives of two women spanning 30 years from the time of the Soviet invasion and retreat until the U.S. involvement post 9-11. The first woman, Mariam, is the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy businessman and the second woman, Laila, comes from the educated middle class. The story intertwines these women from different backgrounds and educations as they learn to love and count on each other despite the nearly constant turmoil of their lives. While this doesn't have the same emotional punch as The Kite Runner, it provides an excellent window on all parts of Afghani life and tensions, especially women's.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594483851
Author:
Hosseini, Khaled
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Afghanistan
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.05x5.05x.94 in. .78 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 432 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781594483851 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Never mind the sophomore slump — this book devours that cliché. As well as illuminating the rich history and familial culture behind war-torn Afghanistan, A Thousand Splendid Suns is filled with authentic relationships and characters that are absolutely haunting.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "If A Thousand Splendid Suns is a little shaky as a work of literature, at least a reader feels that Hosseini has more at stake than where the book ends up on the bestseller list." (read the entire CSM review)
"Review A Day" by , "It's not that emotionally hardened (or what could fairly be called 'regular') men won't like this book. They just won't want to....This would be as painful as it sounds if it weren't for Hosseini's incredible storytelling. As it is, you can't help but be invested in the lives of these characters..." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "Unimaginably tragic, Hosseini's magnificent second novel is a sad and beautiful testament to both Afghani suffering and strength. Readers who lost themselves in The Kite Runner will not want to miss this unforgettable follow up."
"Review" by , "Hosseini barrels through each grim development unflinchingly, seeking illumination. Another artistic triumph, and surefire bestseller, for this fearless writer."
"Review" by , "Hosseini tells this saddest of stories in achingly beautiful prose through stunningly heroic characters whose spirits somehow grasp the dimmest rays of hope."
"Review" by , "What keep this novel vivid and compelling are Hosseini's eye for the textures of daily life and his ability to portray a full range of human emotions, from the smoldering rage of an abused wife to the early flutters of maternal love when a woman discovers she is carrying a baby."
"Review" by , "Hosseini's bewitching narrative captures the intimate details of life in a world where it's a struggle to survive, skillfully inserting this human story into the larger backdrop of recent history."
"Review" by , "The violence is as graphic as you would expect in any book that details the atrocities of war....A Thousand Splendid Suns will tear at your heart and make you better understand the legacy of violence our soldiers are fighting against in Afghanistan."
"Review" by , "While Afghanistan has virtually disappeared from the headlines...A Thousand Splendid Suns offers all the crowd-pleasing appeal of his debut, with some star-crossed lovers thrown in for good measure. (Grade: B+)"
"Review" by , "[E]xceeds every expectation. This tough-to-put-down book leaves even a jaded reader crying, wincing and gasping at Laila and Mariam's agony — and triumphing at their fleeting happiness. If anything, Splendid Suns is more visceral and heart-wrenching than Kite Runner."
"Synopsis" by ,

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.

"Synopsis" by ,

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.

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