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A Thousand Splendid Suns

A book by Khaled Hosseini.

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A splendid masterpiece!

  • Dec 28, 2008
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I really enjoyed reading A Thousand Splendid Suns, although personally, I found The Kite Runner to be more entertaining and captivating.

Nonetheless, A Thousand Splendid Suns packs in the drama surrounding several different women, each the result of fate and circumstance, in war-torn Afghanistan. To me, the book centers on several key themes, including fate, choice, sexism, and female empowerment.

Fate and circumstance are the biggest themes of the book, as all the women described seem to fall victim to the rigid, oppressive society in which they live. They are all the victim of economic circumstances, male oppression, and even their own cultures.

Additionally, the book explores sexism and female empowerment, and the two often go hand in hand in odd ways. For example, after the Taliban take over the country, many women are forced to wear burquas that completely cover their bodies, with only a mesh screen out of which it is possible to see the world. The wearing of the gown seems completely oppressive and sexist, yet at many times, the author implies that it creates a sense of invisible feeling that shields women from the suspicious and judgmental eyes of males in public. As a result, a seemingly sexist practice is juxtaposed with the idea that women gain more independence from being completely covered in public.

The book does have its slow parts, and as a male, it was difficult for me to imagine just how miserable some scenes must have been, even though I did anguish over many parts of the book. Like The Kite Runner, I constantly had to remind myself that it is a work of fiction, just to maintain my sanity.

If you're interested in historical fiction and you would like to learn more about Afghanistan, this, along with The Kite Runner, is the book for you!

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review by . January 10, 2010
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 …
review by . June 15, 2010
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!!
Quick Tip by . August 09, 2010
Good but so dismal and punchguts in mood it doesn't have a lot of re-read value to me. If I want to remind myself of Afghani women's difficult lives, I'll prefer real women's stories.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
I can't believe this book is so low rated. It was wonderful and sad. The true life story of a a woman's struggle in the middle east kept me riveted.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
The Kite Runner was definitely not a fluke! This guy can write! :) This book will make any American woman count her blessings while once again opening that curtain for us to peek into Afghan culture.
Quick Tip by . July 11, 2010
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.
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
This is one of my favorite books! Very sad but very good. Loved it!!!!
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Not as good as The Kite Runner, but still a good read. It portrays the hardships of females in Muslim countries.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
not as good as the original, but still a emotional, and vivid book about living in the middle east
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
I found it dull
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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.
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ISBN-10: 1594489505
ISBN-13: 978-1594489501
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Publisher: Riverhead

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