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)
Hosseini's beautiful, poignant and passionate novel is perfectly interpreted by Atossa Leoni's brilliant reading. Her voice is soothing, genuine and powerful. This is one of the best books I have read in years, and Leoni is definitely the best audiobook narrator I have ever heard.
Though not as absorbing as the Kite Flyer, A Thousand Splendid Suns provides an eye opening description for the non-Muslim of the Muslim woman's daily life and how the ordinary Muslim deals with the changing politics of their war torn country. Once again, proof that the human species is much the same across the board when it comes to survival.
What an amazingly beautiful story of friendship developed in the nightmarish land of Afghanistan. Every page made me grateful for when and where I was born. Every page left me impressed by character that can survive the kind of existence described here. Sad circumstances, but a beautiful story well worth the read.
I use audio books to keep me entertained on a long drive and found this make me want a longer commute. I read The Kite Runner and thought this was even better but also more depressing. I would, however, recommend you save this one for one long listening. There was a point in the book that I stopped on a Friday and I was depressed all weekend. I had to listen to the remainder in one sitting to keep from being any more depressed.
Khaled Hosseini is a brilliant story teller and I loved the Kite Runner so I downloaded this second book. This story is such a sad melancholy story in comparison and thats saying something! I really loved it but at times had a hard time continuing on and would have to take a break from the story for a day and then continue on. I felt deeply for the characters and find myself days later thinking of them. I highly recommend this book.
The narrator is excellent, sounds Afghani, but I hated the book. I'll grant the author has a talent for story telling but for this one I can only assume that he made a list of all the horrible things that could happen to a female in Afghanistan and then outlined a novel to include every one of them. It feels like propoganda to me. I've read personal accounts by Afgani women where the story is what happened to them. That's honest. I've read articles about woman under the Taliban with some egegious examples. That's honest. But this novel is dishonest. It takes advantages of people's desire to read about atrocity after atrocity and it assumes that readers in English are so uninformed that they can't get information except when it's also entertainment.
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