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Book Review-A Thousand Splendid Suns

About the author-

American author Khaled Hosseini, who was born in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 4, 1965, is best known for his evocative descriptions of Afghanistan, most notably in The Kite Runner. His parents relocated to Paris in 1976, when his father was employed by the Afghan embassy. They were unable to return to their country after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, so they went to California after receiving political asylum from the United States. His other works include 'The Kite Runner', 'And the mountains echoed' and 'Sea prayer'.

Story-line:

Mariam is a little child who grows up in the 1960s outside of Herat, a tiny Afghan city. Regarding her parents, Mariam experiences mixed emotions.

One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,
Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.
-A Thousand Splendid Suns

The following morning, Mariam is driven home by Jalil's driver where she discovers that her mother has killed herself. Mariam is made to marry Rasheed. In Herat, numerous events take place including Laila who seeks comfort at Mariam's place. Later on, Laila had to marry Rasheed forcefully but Laila loved Tariq who was her childhood friend. The passing of Tariq is announced to her by Abdul Sharif. Laila, who is devastated and learns she is expecting Tariq's kid. Other unexpected events take place ahead in the story. Tariq returns and Mariam kills Rasheed and surrenders herself to the terrorists. Later Tariq and Laila take shelter in Pakistan and return to Herat.


My views about the book-

The people in the novel battle to survive in a cruel and unyielding society: They suffer injuries from wars, have complicated and violent relationships, and have their possessions ruined; despite all of this, they remain together, which I found admirable. The way Mariam and Laila pursue their goals with tenacity and perseverance while overcoming all challenges, especially in light of how women are typically treated in their position, is the finest element of this novel, and I fell in love with their tenacity.


From the very first chapter, I was captivated. This book seemed a lot like a rollercoaster; with each new chapter, I had an upsurge in my feelings of rage, regret, and exhilaration. I kept turning the pages to find out more, but before I knew it, I was finished. I had to read each chapter more than once since the twists in the plot were so compelling and the narration was superb. The characters were also well-developed. I definitely recommend everyone to read this book.

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