A Thousand Splendid Suns
By Khaled Hosseini
My second book was read by this author and as with the first one, this has been an absolute page-turner.
Set in Kabul, Afghanistan when the country is torn apart from political corruption and during the Taliban takeover, the lives of the people become desperate. Following the life of Mariam who lives with her mother and already struggling against poverty, she is sent to Kabul to marry a much older man, Rasheed. Many years later she befriends a younger girl from the neighborhood who loses both her parents.
The two women are tied by a set of unfortunate circumstances and a strong, unbreakable friendship is formed between them. The two endure much hardship and brutality but overcome these obstacles together.
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It is a bleak, hard life the people of Afghanistan lived in these times, especially women. Khaled Hosseini is a very powerful author who writes extraordinary stories about ordinary people. He brings his characters to life with his brilliant storytelling and when you have finished reading one of his novels you feel a sense of loss as if you’ve come to know that character personally.
If you read just one book this year make it one by Hosseini.
Reviewed by: Sharryn Thomson
Book Name: A Thousand Splendid Suns
Author: Khaled Hosseini
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