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Title: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Author: Khaled Hosseini

In A Thousand Splendid Suns, two women with different expectations for their futures are brought together by fate and end up forming an unlikely friendship.

In Part 1, Mariam is a young girl who was born out of wedlock and is living with her mother in a small kolba. Mariam is constantly and bitterly reminded by her mother of her wealthy father Jalil, who is living with his family in a big house. When Mariam is fifteen, her mother commits suicide and Mariam has no choice but to stay with her father and his family. Out of shame and fearing for their reputation, they hastily marry her off to Rasheed, a shoemaker who lives in another place. Rasheed turns out to be a violent husband who does not care for Mariam.

In part 2, we listen to Laila’s story, a girl who has high expectations for her future and is always encouraged by her intellectual father to pursue her dreams. One unfortunate day, a rocket hits their house and kills both her parents. She is rescued by Rasheed, who sets her up in an evil plot (which shall reappear in the end) to marry him.

The story continues as these women become sisters and deal with the hardships of their lives while the conflicts in Afghanistan continue and new ones arise.

A Thousand Splendid Suns focuses mainly on the seemingly hapless and unjust lives of women and girls in Afghanistan and how they are affected by what is going on in their country which we don’t know much about.

This book was different from The Kite Runner, so it’s difficult to say which one way better, but I felt that A Thousand Splendid Suns had some disappointing flaws, particularly a twist in the near end of the story, which was not expected in a realistic work by this type of author. I’m not going to spoil it, but I thought it was unnecessary and felt like the author did it because he wanted to make his fans – who would not bear to have two lovers separated – happy and believe in love again (or something like that).

Khaled Hosseini sets a personal story in the book while educating the reader of the conflicts in his country, but the balance between the personal story and the real-life conflicts weren’t even. I thought that the way those two women ended up together didn’t match. The twists in the book were too ‘fateful’ and unimaginable.

I also didn’t quite enjoy the end. Unlike in The Kite Runner, I was very bored while reading the last part of the novel and hoped it would finish quickly because it was already expected and it was like the author just patched up the last sentence of the book to make it feel eloquent and poetic.

Despite this, Khaled Hosseini’s latest novel was very readable (like his other book) and heartwarming. It was also emotional.

The dialogue was witty and the author managed to portray the everyday lives of Afghans.

In conclusion, A Thousand Splendid Suns may not have been skillfully written as The Kite Runner, but it is certainly affectionate and different.

Khaled Hosseini’s website

My review of The Kite Runner

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The Kite Runner movie

Note: A Thousand Splendid Suns is to be adapted into a movie. There is not much information currently.


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Yesterday, I finished reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, which is definitely a favorite of mine.

During their childhood, Amir and Hassan shared an inseparable friendship, despite their different beliefs, ethnicity and status.
Hassan is supposed to be the son of Amir’s father’s servant.

After a kite fighting tournament, Amir witnesses Hassan being raped by the bully, Assef, and doesn’t defend him, which haunts him all his life.
Now Amir is an adult living in the United States and he has a chance to atone for what he had done in his childhood.

The Kite Runner is set in Afghanistan during the period of its invasion by the Soviet Army and the ruling of the Taliban.


Gripping and poignant, The Kite Runner is very well written. The twists and events in it are totally unexpected and moving.

Khaled Hosseini successfully manages to put you in the state of emotion of his characters. I like the way he portrays many different feelings, especially panic.

While reading, the story shifts to memories from the past very neatly.
I’m also very impressed at how the characters and events all link together in the end.

The story is heart-warming yet it is very realistic.

The Kite Runner is not just a dramatic story of a long-lost friendship; it vividly shows you through the eyes of the protagonist the effects the war left on Afghanistan.

The Kite Runner is a stunning read about friendship, betrayal and guilt. It also gives you an insightful understanding of the writer’s homeland and its people.

If you haven’t, you must pick-up this book and read it.

My rating: 10/10 (outstanding!)

I’m very eager to read Khaled Hosseini’s other book, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and I’m also looking forward to seeing more from this author.

The Kite Runner has been made into an Oscar-nominated movie. Visit the official site.

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