Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Overview

After more than two years on the bestseller lists and over four million copies in print, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel of enormous contemporary relevance. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years—from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding—that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives—the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness—are inextricable from the history playing out around them.Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love—a stunning accomplishment.





I haven't read any books about Afghanistan.
This book was such a beautiful story about the friendship of two women. It is well written and sometimes hard to read. But, I couldn't put it down.

Just to know that the book is written by a man makes it even better. To have that kind of perspective into the world of a Muslim woman, in a place like Kabul, makes him an excellent writer. I will be looking for more of his books. His characters are very well developed. I felt that I could smell the food and hear the begging of the widows on the street corners. Get a big box of tissues if you decide to read the book. Love, love, love it. Four Stars from me ****

18 comments:

  1. I haven't read this, but did read The Kite Runner and enjoyed that; I'll have to look for this one :)

    betty

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    1. I am putting Kite Runner on my reading list!

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  2. While you are at it, read The Kite Runner too. He is a wonderful writer.

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    1. I have put it on my reading list Inger!

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  3. I like that you kept an open mind about it. He's a good writer.

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  4. I've heard great things about this book.

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    1. It is a good book, LIz. But hard to read at times due to the way the women were treated!

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  5. I have read The Kite Runner but haven't read this...now it is on the list.

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    1. I haven't yet read The Kite Runner...on my ever-growing list!

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  6. Hi Paula - I have the Kite Runner here - and must read it ... so thanks for letting us know about his next book 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' ... it's something I really need to start learning about ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you Hilary. I have put The Kite Runner on my list to read

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  7. I have it down on my book list to pick up next.

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