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 know the Kite Runner is his better known book, but A Thousand Splendid Suns has stayed with me and I found it most intriguing. Two women come together in an unexpected and sometimes horrible way, struggle to build a relationship in a crazy situation and ultimately create an unusual bond. It reads more like a documentary than a piece of fiction. I highly recommend it - it will make you think about how good your life is.
Simplistic, repetitive, unimaginative writing + Slow developing plot = Me getting exactly halfway through this before abandoning it.
It's a shame because I'm extremely interested in both the culture and the time period. There were some decent parts in the book, but I just couldn't make it. Depressing, no suspense, nothing to look forward to.
I found this a hard book to finish - mostly because the events described are plausible. It is extremely unsettling to think that such horrible things could happen in this day and age, but they do. The hatred and level of violence described are not for the faint of heart. I only finished listening to this book because I had hope that there may be a satisfactory (ie - less than heartbreaking) ending. If you're squeamish or uncomfortable with violence against women, skip it.
On the "audio" side, I wasn't terribly impressed with the rhythms of the narrator. However, it's likely that I would have abandoned the book completely had I been reading, rather than listening, as the narrator was able to guide me through the pronounciation of names and locations that are completely foreign to me.
Yes, the story is interesting. This is my second purchase of audio books by this writer, but I won't be buying any more. I don't think I could take any more heartbreak. Although, that does mean he's connected with me...
When an author comes up with a story as powerful as "Kite Runner", one expects to be disappointed with subsequent offerings. But Kahled Hosseini has done it once again. This is an excellent book told by a master storyteller and narrated beautifully by Atossa Leoni. Two thumbs up!
I've welled up (cried) twice in my life when reading fiction book. The first was The Kite Runner, and the second was A Thousand Splendid Suns. A very nice book. A very good listen. Enjoy!
This book made me realize I love historical novels. I will now read Kite Runner which they are making into a movie. The story is so touching, I told my family the story as we were on a week long driving trip together, they were always eager to hear what was going on with the main characters. The reader is great. Wonderful book.
This is a wow book and also a very sad book but very much worth listening to. You won't be disappointed.
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