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A Thousand Splendid Suns

Updated on June 22, 2012

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini is is an Afghan-American novelist and physician who was born in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 4, 1965. His 2003 debut novel, The Kite Runner, was an international bestseller. When Hosseini was a child, he read a great deal of Persian poetry as well as Persian translations of novels ranging from Alice in Wonderland to Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer series. Hosseini's memories of peaceful pre-Soviet era Afghanistan, as well as his personal experiences with Afghan Hazaras, led to the writing of his first novel, The Kite Runner.

Like his beloved classic, The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns is also at once an incredible chronicle, of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love. It is a story of two Afghan women, Mariam and Laila, whose lives become entwined. The book was released by Riverhead Books on May 22, 2007, simultaneous with the Simon & Schuster audio book. The movie rights have been acquired by producer Scott Rudin and Columbia Pictures, so we can hope to see the screen version of this splendid book sometime soon.

The Author

Khalid Hosseini
Khalid Hosseini
A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Thousand Splendid Suns

A 1000 Splendid Suns

Mariam and Laila are two women brought together by war, loss and fate. As they struggle to survive the ever increasing dangers around their lives at home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and motherly to each other. And that will ultimately alter the course their own lives and of their next generation. In this splendid book 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 real master piece I enjoyed reading, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love. What makes this novel so stirring is the glimpses of daily life in Afghanistan - a country known to the world for only its news accounts of war, Taliban, Osama Bin Laden and terrorism.

I found it a compelling read and I recommend it to people who loves to read. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a splendid read indeed.


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    9 years ago

    A Thousand Splendid Suns is a splendid read indeed.  haha that was great.  i read this one but didn't like it quite as much as The Kite Runner.  Maybe it's cause i'm a guy...  actually i didn't really enjoy the duel plot line.  I thought that the singular story of his first book proved a more poignant rendering of his style.  Thanks for the review though.  This book is definitely an amazing read...but those new to Mr. Hosseini should definitely read The Kite Runner first.

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    some guy 

    10 years ago

    afghans rule...yay

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    11 years ago

    yes i have read the book. it is really a good peice of work. let me tell you i am a great lover of books. anyways thankyou for the review

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    lord hunter 

    11 years ago

    Really nice

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    11 years ago

    u buddy was superb

    nice about u dear

    cu soon

    ok bye

    take care

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    Robin Edmondson 

    11 years ago from San Francisco

    I just finished this book last night. Kite Runner was one of my favorites, and I wasn't disappointed at all with A Thousand Splendid Suns. Wonderful book, I look forward to his next. Thanks for the review!

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    11 years ago from Milkyway

    I'd add it to my 'to-do' list.

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    11 years ago from North Carolina

    I read his first book the Kite Runner, the best book I ever read. He is awesome writer.

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    11 years ago

    it is very good i like this.


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