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A Thousand Splendid Suns

381 Ratings: 2.0
A book by Khaled Hosseini.

A Thousand Splendid Suns is the second novel by Afgan author Khaled Hosseini. Before its May 22, 2007 release, the book reached #2 on Amazon.com's bestseller list.

Author: Khaled Hosseini
Publisher: Riverhead
33 reviews about A Thousand Splendid Suns
review by . September 03, 2008
It seems every commercial I've seen lately was secretly for two different products. Meanwhile, every sport venue is sponsored by some company that has nothing to do with sports. If this is the wave of the future: Khaled Hosseini's books should be sponsored by Kleenex.    In A Thousand Spelndid Suns I am once again drawn deep into the complicated lives of Hosseini's characters. A casual read, a distanced observation, a tearless review are simply not options. While I …
review by . January 21, 2008
Khaled Hosseini tells a good story, eliciting empathy for both his female main characters while using the recent history of his native country as a backdrop that nourishes while educating his audience about a culture and place of which few have knowledge.    Unlike his first novel, "The Kite Runner," "A Thousand Splendid Suns" does not depict an immigrant's journey from a troubled Afghanistan to the melting pot of America a la Elia Kazan's classic "America, America". Instead …
review by . August 23, 2007
Much as in THE KITE RUNNER, A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS occasionally suffers from some fairly "high-schoolish" prose and sometimes the plot twists stretch my willingness to suspend disbelief. (Stretch...not break.) KITE RUNNER has one gigantic leap like this in its final third, and so does A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS.    I mention these items right up front, because the amount of praise I'd want to heap on this book overall so overwhelms any criticism, I want to make sure everyone …
review by . August 07, 2007
Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini's second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, recounts Afghanistan's troubled history of the last several decades through the eyes of a segment of the Afghan population that probably suffered and lost the most during that period, its women. The novel's two main characters, Mariam and Laila, two very different women, are thrown together because of what seems like a never-ending war, and their almost helpless struggle for survival comes to represent the struggle …
review by . July 28, 2007
It's difficult to know where to begin in expressing the thoughts bursting from my heart and head about Mr. Hosseini's second book. I guess I will start by saying that, as much as I was impressed by The Kite Runner, I loved this story and these characters even more. The author has a true talent for creating characters--and especially relationships between characters--that the reader can come to care about so deeply by the end of his books. He even finds a way to make me feel for characters who are …
review by . August 20, 2007
Hosseini dedicates this novel, in part, to the women of Afghanistan. In fact, it is a tribute to women globally who have been oppressed and abused, whether physically, emotionally, or politically. Like Michael Dorris with A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, Hosseini skillfully offers us the inner turmoil of women who are often powerless to change their circumstances and so must endure life as it is. Somehow, they find a way. While I think the readership for this particular novel will be predominately women, …
review by . July 05, 2007
Often when an author has a tremendous first book, the "sophomore jinx" sets in and the next book cannot live up to the expectations caused by the first. Happily, Mr. Hosseini's new book is as good as, if not better than, his first. Once again we are in Afghanistan, but this time the story is told through the eyes of two women, rather than the male protagonist of the first book. We see how women were sidelined by the Taliban, and how they were virtual slaves to their husbands. It is a story of anguish, …
review by . March 28, 2007
Khaled Hosseini confirms his brilliance as an author made in his best selling novel THE KITE RUNNER. With the arrival of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS he is firmly placed in the realm of important communicators in literature, a writer who can offer a complex history of Afghanistan and the wars that have plagued that country for decades by creating characters whose development and interweaving lives provide a profoundly moving story. It is an amazing achievement and for this reader it even surpasses the …
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