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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.

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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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    Mary Barrackville, WV, USA 07-12-07
    Mary Barrackville, WV, USA 07-12-07
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    "Splendid!"

    If you like a story that will cast a spell and stay with you, then this is one. The writing is clear and the characters are wonderfully written.

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    Lynda 07-12-07
    Lynda 07-12-07 Member Since 2014
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    "splendid!!!"

    As good a "read" as The Kite Runner" and as different a story. Set in Afghanistan, a country torn by war over the period of the novel, this story is about the developing and lasting friendship of two women, thrown together by that war. The reader, being an American woman, will really feel for the plight of all women living in an oppressed society. It will make you want to DO SOMETHING.
    A wonderful second novel for this author.

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    K. Howard Chicago, IL 07-12-07
    K. Howard Chicago, IL 07-12-07 Member Since 2014
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    "You won't want to stop listening"

    I did not choose to read this book. It was the book that was chosen by my bookclub. I have not read or listened to a book in quite sometime although I was an avid reader years ago. This book has sparked a flame in me that has not been present for a long time. I found myself listening to it every chance I got and for longer than planned. It made me realize how truly blessed I am to live in America. At the same time it helped me understand why women in countries such as Afganistan put up with such harsh treatment. They do not have a choice. They need to protect their children and therefore had to deal with cruelty and abuse to survive. I greatly appreciated being able to listen to this book as I would not have been able to pronounce many of the foreign words and was glad that I could close my eyes and focus on the material instead of a few words. This is a great book for teens as well. My son was as invested in the book as I was.

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    Rae Sedgwick, KS, United States 07-11-07
    Rae Sedgwick, KS, United States 07-11-07 Member Since 2008
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    "Another hit!"

    I loved this book! It not only speaks to the heart and soul of the reader, but also serves to help better understand what has occurred in Afghanistan the past three decades. I enjoyed The Kite Runner and find this book just as compelling.

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    Robert in Denver 07-10-07 Listener Since 2007
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    "One of the best"

    I am as upset that this book had to end as I was when the Kite Runner ended. I get so involved in the lives of these people that I can actually see the streets of Kabul and feel the underlying emotions of the characters. I can almost believe that these are real people. It's true that this is a very sad book in a lot of ways, but you don't have to look very hard to find underlying themes of joy, love, perseverance, and hope. But, the sadness, loss and oppression are a very real part of the story for the Afghan people. As to the reader of this book... 5-stars. Wow.

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    Ks PETALING JAYAMalaysia 07-05-07
    Ks PETALING JAYAMalaysia 07-05-07
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    "Just half way through, and its good!"

    This was the first audiobook novel I've "read". Mr Khaled's use of words to paint the imagery of mundane events and things around the main characters was the highlight.

    Once started, hard to stop.

    Highly recommended.

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    Bev Alton, IL, USA 07-02-07
    Bev Alton, IL, USA 07-02-07 Member Since 2010
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    "Great"

    Once again (like the Kite Runner) you are drawn into this story of a land far away and a culture totally different from our's here in the west. This is ultimately a book about love and strength, about war on an individual level, and sacrifice.

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    Doreen Peterson Asheville, North Carolina United States 07-02-07
    Doreen Peterson Asheville, North Carolina United States 07-02-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Another Wonderful Story"

    I've just finished "A Thousand Splendid Suns" and cannot believe that, not only has Khaled Hosseini followed up "The Kite Runner" with yet another wonderful book, but that this story was written by a man, about women, is extraordinary. This is just an amazing piece of work, and beautifully read by Atosa Leoni - I didn't want it to end and I cannot wait for Khaled Hosseni's next book.

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    Barbara Colorado Springs, CO, United States 07-01-07
    Barbara Colorado Springs, CO, United States 07-01-07 Member Since 2011

    I'm a SAHM with a passion for books. But raising 4 kids leaves me with little time to read. Enter audible and I am a happy camper!

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    "wonderful moving story"

    I loved this book. I hesitated to buy it but it had such good reviews, I purchased it. So glad I did. The story is gripping, narrator adds much to the story.

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    Beverley Zabow Neve Poleg, Netanya Israel 07-01-07
    Beverley Zabow Neve Poleg, Netanya Israel 07-01-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Almost Perfect"

    This book is even better than the Kite Runner - simpler, credible, enlightening and the characters while living in a world apart from that I know can easily be identified with.

    In my opinion - the last hour could have been called "epilogue" - it didn't really add much... but was pleasant enough to listen too.

    Beautifully read!

    This is the first (or maybe second) book I have given 5 stars too in the several years I have been an Audible subscriber.

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