A Thousand Splendid Suns (Arabic edition)
Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation,... show more
Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism.The sense of longing evoked in Khaled Hosseini's Alf shams sati'a is compelling and universal: the passionate search for love, family, home, acceptance, a healthy society, and a promising future, regardless of the obstacles. Like The Kite Runner, this novel transcends boundaries and illuminates the people and culture of a region that has been reluctantly thrust into the international spotlight. Above all, however, Alf shams sati'a is a stunning literary accomplishment.
Publish date: May 14th 2013
Pages no: 544
Edition language: English
I was aware of the hype around Hosseini (despite not having read Kite Runner) and was worried that it would be impossible for 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' to live up to my expectations. I needn't have worried. A masterpiece.
Mariam, a girl born out of wedlock and living in a shed outside of Herat, has only one dream: to go live with her father Jalil whom she adores beyond measure. After her mother's suicide, indeed she joins his household only to realize that he sees her as embarrassment - she's married off to a man, Rh...
4.5*This book is so emotional; I felt angry, sad, proud, more angry, more sad. Ugh such a rollercoaster of feelings while reading this.
Content warnings for this book: Domestic abuse (There are a few scenes where Laila and Mariam suffer beatings from their husband) Oh man, Hosseini's books have a way of punching me in the heart. I really didn't enjoy Kite Runner but it elicited such strong emotions in me that I was curious to see ...