Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns
Title: A Thousand Splendid Suns
Author: Kahled Hosseini
Published: May 22, 2007
Publishing Company: Riverhead Hardcover
Page Count: 372
Summary via Goodreads
A moving story about two women set in Afghanistan. The book's story illustrates both the second class, serf-like treatment of two women and their subjection to physical and emotional brutality that was allowed, enabled and endorsed. We also get to see the bravery, kindness and self-resilience of these same two women. Despite the harsh reality of the story, the humanness and compassion shown by both women while trying to survive in such a brutal and oppressive environment is very uplifting.
I absolutely loved this book! Lent to me by a friend, I put off reading it for a bit. But boy am I glad that I finally caved and read it. It's a beautiful, heart-wrenching, tragic, and redeeming novel that deserves to be read. Reminding me of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent, Suns shows the strength that women can have in the face of unprecendented cirucumstances and trying times. Hosseini's writing is eloquent, charged, and gracefully compelling. He draws the reader into a world of harship, faith, and survival and shows that something good can be found in nearly every situation. The harrowing experiencees of the two women in the story are so vividly described by Hosseini that the reader feels as if they are witnessing these events first-hand. It's brilliant and an incredibly quick read; it took me less than two days to get through it.
Five stars on Goodreads. If you haven't read this book, do it NOW! It's so good.
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