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)
This was too distressing for me to finish it. I read The Kite Runner, and found it disturbing, but still beautiful and uplifting. This book I found unremittingly grim and brutal.
I think that I would have managed to finish it in written form, because I would have, conciously or uncounciouly, skimmed through the more horrible parts. But one can't (or at least this one can't) do that with an audio book.
I made it almost halfway through the second download. All that I can say is that I wish that I had stopped listening earlier. This book was terribly depressing.
This story is even better than The Kite Runner. Again, the story is set in Afganistan but this time it follows two women and their trials over 30 years.
The characters were believable. Both the good and bad people in the story had nuianced personalities, each with some positive and negative aspects to their personalities.
Set in a strife-torn country with changing laws and government, it makes for a cracking good story.
Engrossing. Shocking. An education about the Afghan culture. Graphic depiction of social and sexual mores of the misuse of the Islamic faith. Could not put it down.
In today's world of misunderstanding and intolerance, this book is an eye opener. I highly recommend this book.
The narrator was a bit irritating at times, but I appreciated her pronunciation and accent as it enhanced the meaning of the book. I liked how she used words pertaining to the characters nationality then said what the word meant in english. I felt like I learned a small bit of a new language as well as how the people of Afghanistan feel about the world today.
I will definately listen to this book again and will recommend it to friends.
I chose A Thousand Splendid Suns on the off chance that it might be half as good as The Kiterunner. To my delight it did not disappoint. The characters were compelling and I was immediately drawn into the story. The experiences of these women moved me. Although I believe the story could have only been improved by a woman's insight, Hossein has done a superb job of storytelling, again. One of my best listens, I recommend it highly.
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.
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