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)
I really did not know what an impact this book was going to have on me, it was such an enlightening lesson on how life is so different for these women then mine and all happening at the very same time the only difference was that I was born in America and they in Afganistan. I loved the book and can,t wait to read The Kite Runner!
If you have read the Kite Runner you will not be disappointed with this next of Hosseini's tales.
This is the first audiobook I have listened to in a long time. I was travelling around Asia in busses and trains and am so glad I had this rivetting tale to while away the hours.
Hossein again takes us into a world we know exists, but have little insight into and through his superb storytelling, leads us through the lives of two very different women. The story of these women and the interaction between all characters was enlightening and very emotional.
The brutality of parts of the story only added to the whole and I highly recommend this audio book to anyone interested in not only a great "listen" but in lives and cultures that differ from their own.
Wow, what can I say. As a woman, I'm so thankful for where I live. As an american, I'm so sad for the conditions we allow to continue, but as a human I see the beauty in this. All I can say is read this book. Get a new prespective on the world.
By far the best book I have read/listened to this year. A notable follow up to Kite Runner. This is truely a meaningfull story.
Wow this book not only tells an amazing and beautiful story but you get some very good insight on the war we are in. I came away with so much perspective of what the Islamic people are going through and how this war is affecting them. I feel that I have been enlightened by this book and I thank the author for that.
I really loved the Kite Runner by the same author, so I was excited to download and listen to A Thousand Splendid Suns. This new novel is even better than Kite Runner. The authors imagery and character development are wonderful. The narrator is perfect. I found myself crying, laughing and even disagreeing with the main character's choices often -- shaking my head and wishing they would make other choices. The two main women characters are heroic and ring true. Both are characters I will remember.
I purchased this audio book to listen to during a trip that I was leaving on in a week. I thought I would listen just to get a taste of it and couldn't stop listening. Needless to say, I finished the book in two days. The voice of the narrator was wonderful. The way she conveyed the words of Khaled Hosseini just carried you away to Afghanistan. I felt the characters were memorable. I would highly recommend this audio book....a most enjoyable listen.
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