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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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    Louise Central Point, OR, United States 06-21-07
    Louise Central Point, OR, United States 06-21-07
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    "AFGANASTAN"

    IT WAS A VERY RIVETING BOOK. OF THE CHANGES THAT HAVE OVERTAKEN A COUNTRY AND TWO WOMEN THAT WE'RE BORN THERE . A MUST READ.

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    Merrilee Big Rapids, MI, USA 06-20-07
    Merrilee Big Rapids, MI, USA 06-20-07 Member Since 2011
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    "thought provoking"

    This was a very well written book. It was enlightening to read about life in Afghanistan during the end of the last century. The author is a wordsmith and a master at his craft. I felt like I was right there experiencing life along with the characters. I will probably reread this book at a future date.

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    Cindy ELON, NC, United States 06-20-07
    Cindy ELON, NC, United States 06-20-07 Member Since 2005
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    "What will I do when it's over?"

    This is one of those books that permeates your mind and becomes part of you. The writing, as in Kite Runner, is just beautiful. The plot breaks your heart. The characters become part of you. And the narrator adds SO MUCH to the presentation of the book! Her voice is so rich and genuine, her intonation so perfect, you almost feel that you are in Afghanistan as you listen. I can't say enough good things about this purchase. Don't hesitate on this one.

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    Louis La Palma, CA, USA 06-18-07
    Louis La Palma, CA, USA 06-18-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic"

    This book is a GREAT and beautiful work of art. It is touching, poetic, educational and inspiring. Hosseini tells his story very, very well.

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    W. K. Smith 5 acres in Missouri 06-17-07
    W. K. Smith 5 acres in Missouri 06-17-07 Member Since 2005

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    "My Go To book"

    From the story to the reading of the book everything is excellent about this book. Thank you Khaled Hosseini for sharing your stories with us

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    stl1111 La Grande, OR, United States 06-16-07
    stl1111 La Grande, OR, United States 06-16-07 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Amazing Book - Horrible Reader"

    Loved the book, if a person could "love" the tradegy and sorrow of this story. He writes well and portrays clearly and from what little I know, accurately, the horror that has been Afghanistan since the Soviet invasion. The reader was horrible. She made it difficult to listen to. She doesn't get the phrasing right, leaves sentences hanging, sing-songy voice. Poor reader. Don't let her ruin the book for you.

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    Vanessa Sacramento, CA, USA 06-14-07
    Vanessa Sacramento, CA, USA 06-14-07
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    "Fascinating"

    The story of the people in this book is well written and moving, but the insight that I, as an American, get to have into the turmoil that is the Middle East is priceless. Granted, it is fiction, but living as we do we never truly understand what it is not to have basic freedoms and rights. As a woman, this shed light on a subject that is unfathomable to me in this day and age. Great book.

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    Debbie S. Oakland, CA USA 06-13-07
    Debbie S. Oakland, CA USA 06-13-07 Listener Since 2005
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    "Outstanding book, odd narration"

    I was deeply moved by the story and characters; the book is beautifully written and engaging. I agree with the other reviews that it's even better than Kite Runner, which was already good. For the book itself I would have given it five stars, but the flat, oddly stilted narration drove me nuts. I liked her pronunciation of the foreign words, but unfortunately the narration overall distracted from an otherwise excellent read.

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    Judith Falls Church, VA, USA 06-12-07
    Judith Falls Church, VA, USA 06-12-07
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    "Fascinating, Serious and Disturbing"

    This book is fascinating, but some of it is difficult to read. This should not discourage you from reading the book. It is beautifully written and most of the characters are very real and fully formed. This is a MUST read and will become a classic, much as Khaled Hosseini first book, Kite Runner, has become.

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    Joyce hendersonville, NC, USA 06-11-07
    Joyce hendersonville, NC, USA 06-11-07 Member Since 2011
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    "good read"

    The book follows the lives of two women over a period of 40 plus years. Set in Afghanistan, the tale is set against the history and politics of this country about whom most of us know so little. I come away from this book with a new understanding of the rise of the Taliban, the role of the US and the USSR in the political history of that country as well as a deep affection for the characters of the story. Good narration as well. A book worth reading.

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