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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini is a fantastic read. I thought the writing for Kite Runner was also strong but I hated the protagonist. Mariam in A Thousand Splendid Suns, however, is much more likable. Born to unwed parents, Mariam is disappointed by her mother and disillusioned by her father, who eventually sells her to a despicable man many times her age.

Hmm, more background required right?

A Thousand Splendid Suns is set during the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last 30 years. We see through Mariam’s eyes the Soviet invasion, the reign of the Taliban and the post-Taliban rebuilding. Our second main character is Laila, younger than Mariam and the second wife. She joins the family due to a series of unfortunate events.

Khaled Hosseini’s second novel is exceptional. The violence and fear is barely in balance with the hope and faith. The story is intimate, disturbing, jarring and remarkable in its representation of the personal lives of those who suffer at the hands of others.

A tightly written story for sure and definitely worth reading.

Before reading this book I fully expected to be dissapointed. In my opinion The kite runner was a hard act to follow and although expecting to enjoy it, I truly did not believe that The Kite runner could be matched or surpassed.
But Khaled Hosseini proved me wrong and A Thousand Splendid Suns is a thoroughy riveting reading experience and shows what a brilliant author the writer is.

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