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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"Another searing epic....[Hosseini's] 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)
"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." (Booklist)
When I read "The Kite Runner" by this author, I was totally enthralled with his story telling. So much so that I immediately listened to the book again. So when I heard that Khaled Hosseini had a new book out, I jumped right on it.
For me this book was even better. Even though I have another book waiting to be listened to, I have started this book again.
As with the previous book, the story telling is so good you can smell the spices, feel the bombs, and most all the pain of the characters.
Thank you Khaled Hosseini, you sir are an excellent story teller.
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Loved the book, if a person could "love" the tradegy and sorrow of this story. He writes well and portrays clearly and from what little I know, accurately, the horror that has been Afghanistan since the Soviet invasion. The reader was horrible. She made it difficult to listen to. She doesn't get the phrasing right, leaves sentences hanging, sing-songy voice. Poor reader. Don't let her ruin the book for you.
The story of the people in this book is well written and moving, but the insight that I, as an American, get to have into the turmoil that is the Middle East is priceless. Granted, it is fiction, but living as we do we never truly understand what it is not to have basic freedoms and rights. As a woman, this shed light on a subject that is unfathomable to me in this day and age. Great book.
I was deeply moved by the story and characters; the book is beautifully written and engaging. I agree with the other reviews that it's even better than Kite Runner, which was already good. For the book itself I would have given it five stars, but the flat, oddly stilted narration drove me nuts. I liked her pronunciation of the foreign words, but unfortunately the narration overall distracted from an otherwise excellent read.
This book is fascinating, but some of it is difficult to read. This should not discourage you from reading the book. It is beautifully written and most of the characters are very real and fully formed. This is a MUST read and will become a classic, much as Khaled Hosseini first book, Kite Runner, has become.
The book follows the lives of two women over a period of 40 plus years. Set in Afghanistan, the tale is set against the history and politics of this country about whom most of us know so little. I come away from this book with a new understanding of the rise of the Taliban, the role of the US and the USSR in the political history of that country as well as a deep affection for the characters of the story. Good narration as well. A book worth reading.
I have just listened to this book non stop over many hours and did not want it to end. The book covers an extraordinary period in Afganistan history as well as the lives of two remarkable women. The production is both credible and sensitive, with the reader's voice giving good pronunciation of local language and names, as well as capturing the history, pathos and drama very compellingly.
An unbelievable book. So sad. Don't drive and listen. There were moments I was too scared to read further. Moments I had tears pouring down my face. What these two women endured was unbelievable. Read it it will open your eyes. This book had a profound effect on me. Like the Kite Runner it is hard to read another book after this one, they all seem trivial.
This is a great story encompassing contemporary politics, history, ethnic animosity, women’s rights, friendship, and love. Although the story is heart wrenching at times, I was left with a feeling of hopefulness for the characters as well as the human race.
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