A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

About the book

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.
Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them—in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul—they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

Reviewed by Alverstoke Ladies Reading Group:

We couldn’t find enough superlatives for this wonderful book. Many a tear shed reading it. A real eye opener into life in Afghanistan over the last 40 years. A real ‘couldn’t put down’ book.

Star rating: ****

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2 thoughts on “A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini”

  1. Review by Morningtide WI :
    All the group liked this book. They read of what had happened in Afghanistan both under the Soviets and the aspects of the Sharia law under the rule of the Taliban, they were deeply moved by the story of Mariam and Laila, and they felt that the story was very well written.
    Star rating: ****

  2. Review by Reading Circuit
    In a few “keywords” from the group.
    Well written, moving, sad, eye-opening, graphic, informative, realistic with a beautiful love story.
    Star rating: ***

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