A Thousand Splendid Suns was one of the saddest stories I ever read. It's well written in the way it is matter of factly written but will still grip you emotionally. You can see the action of what's going on in your mind.
I liked how the stories was set in the context of history that a lot of us want to know more about. It ties in events of 911 and there is a sense that you can touch the story with your finger tips.
It reminds you of the abuse there is at a global level and at a personal level. What has happened in Afghanistan is so sad. And it will never be understood until we look at the poorest of the poor. So many lives put in chaos. I think the best thing Mr Hosseni has done is connect his readers to a very real story of human hardship.
The story is about 2 women that are both wrung out of their own terrible sitations and have to live in a war torn, chaotic, violent and despair filled Kabul. It seems fate has given them the worst of situations when they are struck in the face with abuse and have no where else to go. In the end there is redemption. But the saddness of the stories stuck with me. It made me want to support the eductation of women in Afghanistan.
Long before Mariam was capable of even understanding the concept, she knew she was a "harami" - illegitimate and unwanted. Her impoverished, embittered mother, rejected by the wealthy Afghani business man who had fathered Mariam, spirals downward from disgust and hatred through mental illness to an eventual suicide. She spits the cruel, pejorative label into Mariam's face at every opportunity. Her sole remaining purpose in life is to have Mariam join her in the crushing belief that there … more
Even better than The Kite Runner!! There exists in this book, a powerful importance behind each and every detail that realistically describes a nation of oppressed women. The traditions of the country in reference to women are described intensely through the life on one powerful person, in particular. An important read for all people!!
His first book, Kite Runner, told such a horrific story that I was afraid to read his second book but I'm so glad I finally did. Also a story of hard lives, but with so much grace stemming from the relationship between the two lead women. Memorable, authentic, satisfying. Highly recommended.