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A Thousand Splendid Suns | [Khaled Hosseini]

A Thousand Splendid Suns

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 30 years of Afghanistan 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.

©2007 TKR Publications, LLC. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Anne Huntington, NY, United States 06-08-07
    Anne Huntington, NY, United States 06-08-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Amazing"

    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.

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    Tracy Elk Grove, CA, United States 06-08-07
    Tracy Elk Grove, CA, United States 06-08-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Beautiful"

    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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    Nancy 06-08-07
    Nancy 06-08-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Triumphant"

    I can't seem to put this book down. I finished it several days ago and I still keep thinking about it. I cried for their sarrow and for their joy. I sat in my drive and sobbed. These two women triumphed over their oppressors-fathers and husbands. What a life, what a country and what a religion!

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    Bill Augusta, GA, USA 12-26-07
    Bill Augusta, GA, USA 12-26-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Downer"

    A real depressing book. A stinker. No stars.

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    Jesse 08-31-07
    Jesse 08-31-07
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    "Joyless Negative"

    Couldn't wait to finish this depressing, unhappy tome. I found the life of an Afgan woman depressing. The history of Afganistan depressing. The people depressed by belief and custom. The historical backdrop and storyline carried me through this sorid tale. I thought I might try Kite Flyer but if it is three time as cheerful as this book I will dislike it.

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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 06-13-07
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 06-13-07 Member Since 2005

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Loved it!"

    A beautifully moving story of how love triumphs over hate in the most difficult times and circumstances. This is a must add to your collection! You will not be dissapointed.

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    Edythe Pinellas Park, FL, USA 06-06-07
    Edythe Pinellas Park, FL, USA 06-06-07 Member Since 2004
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    "He did it again"

    Another wonderful book by this author. My heart aches for the women in this country and what they have to endure. Its pretty bad when you sneak and listen to a book when you are supposed to be working. I too cried, and my co workers are all asking me what was wrong.

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    Richard 08-10-13
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    What would have made A Thousand Splendid Suns better?

    Not so many Afgan words however if Iwas reading the book I couldneverhadpronounced, inmyhead, all the places and names.

    Not such a monotone reader.

    More action and drama less listing of names.


    Has A Thousand Splendid Suns turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Monotone


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Nothing


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marg224 11-12-12
    Marg224 11-12-12

    keep on keepin on

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    "Wonderful"
    If you could sum up A Thousand Splendid Suns in three words, what would they be?

    Simply the best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mariam of course. I was interesting to follow her life from a young girl living in poverty through her troubled life filled with sacrifices.


    Have you listened to any of Atossa Leoni’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I can remember, but, her narration was, in my opionion, one of the best.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ultimate sacrifice that one wife gave to the other.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best audio books I've ever listened to, bar none.

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    rachael WOODACRE, CA, United States 07-01-12
    rachael WOODACRE, CA, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you listen to A Thousand Splendid Suns again? Why?

    maybe


    What other book might you compare A Thousand Splendid Suns to and why?

    I have not read a simular story


    Have you listened to any of Atossa Leoni’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not sure


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it was very moving


    Any additional comments?

    it is a great read

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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