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      Khaled Hosseini had great success with his previous best-seller, The Kite Runner. In a similar vein, A Thousand Splendid Suns shows the fallout that Afghanistan's violent history has had on individuals, especially its women. Hosseini depicts the lives of Laila and Mariam, and their struggle against society and the Taliban.

They are both married to a womanizing shoemaker, Rasheed, who constantly is abusing them physically and verbally. Initially, Mariam, Rasheed's first wife, is jealous of Laila, but she soon realizes that she is in desperate need of a friend.

Khaled Hosseini's purpose is to show the hardships of women in Afghanistan and all they must endure in the household as well as society. At first, when the two women meet, Hosseini conveys the resistance between them, but they realize that there is no way they can survive without a trusted companion. Mariam and Laila can relate to each other through all they experience within the community and with their husband.

Hosseini brings the text to life as he intertwines realistic events. The constant fear of a bomb sinking a house or the Taliban tearing apart a family is prevalent in the story, making it all the more heart-wrenching.

As a reader of both The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, I believe that Hosseini is successful in communicating the viewpoint of Afghani women during this period (1964-2003). He expresses the gut-wrenching details and the poor and hazardous living conditions of the characters, which reaches you emotionally. And he also describes the mental abuse of the women as they must abide by many rules of their society and their husband. It is astounding what knowledge a reader gains from this, since we do not often hear of the hardships and struggles of Afghani women. We are blind to the religious and cultural diversity in Afghanistan, which affects the lives of so many.

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a remarkable story of two women in a society that is unforgiving and unwilling to see Mariam and Laila as equals. Not only does Hosseini tell a story of women trying to survive, but he gives the reader knowledge of a lifestyle that is foreign, yet so real. I would recommend A Thousand Splendid Suns to any reader who has a thirst for knowledge and is looking for an engrossing story.

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Serena_the_Squid said...
Dec. 31, 2012 at 10:16 pm
Adding to my to-read list. Thanks for the persuasive and informative review :)
McfaddenKATELYN29 said...
Dec. 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm
I think that to receive the business loans from banks you must present a firm motivation. Nevertheless, one time I've received a credit loan, just because I was willing to buy a car.
I-write-for-me-not-you said...
Jan. 20, 2012 at 11:11 pm
I loved a Thousand Splendid Suns, but found the part about Laila visiting Mariam's birthplace and reading Jalil's letter almost impossible to read. Closest a book had ever come to making me cry.
musicisthegoodlife This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 7, 2011 at 2:02 am
Great Review :) 'The Kite Runner' was absolutely moving..and I'm hoping to read 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' soon!
Barjungle(B-J) said...
May 11, 2011 at 2:45 am

exquisitely narrated review.


gonna peruse this book now and the kite runner is too touching.

elcoronel said...
Mar. 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm
Great review, I loved the book!
Katholmes said...
Nov. 25, 2010 at 11:54 am
I am reading this book at the moment and this has kept me interested! Thanks
Zaho92 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 8, 2009 at 6:23 pm
I read the Kite Runner at schoo and it was wonderful. I also suggest reading The Namesake. Please comment my book review on it
Cheerio97 said...
Jan. 21, 2009 at 10:08 pm
Touching review, sound like a good book. I am mad though because I can't find a book review for my homework with italics, bolded letters, or underlined.
oys98 replied...
Nov. 3, 2013 at 1:41 am
Same here... :p
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