A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled HosseiniA Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistans 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.
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The fictions of Khaled Hosseini portray not just a world out of joint - an Afghanistan racked first by conflict with the Soviets and then a civil war - but also, within it, families where unnatural formations are prevalent, guilty secrets harboured. This surfeit of disorder results in extravagant narratives that are always ticking away like timebombs. Disaster is never more than an arm's length away, as guns and bombs on the streets, and an insensitive and authoritarian patriarchal culture inside the home, create an atmosphere 'of abasement, of degradation and despair'. While Hosseini's second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, rehashes some of the conflict-generation formulas of his bestselling debut novel The Kite Runner, the good news is that the writing is more assured, as is the characterisation. The Kite Runner was a schmaltzy, even insincere story of two boyhood companions, master and servant, who are actually half-brothers. The book had plot turns you could see coming a mile away and flat writing that never rose much higher than the base ground of cliche.
After weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and with four million copies of The Kite Runner shipped, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today. 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 thirty years of Afghan 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.
Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns follows Mariam and Laila who, A few years later, war reaches Kabul and bombs fall on the city regularly.
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