Here is book review of The New York Times bestseller “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini
Staggeringly beautiful and deep and rich and sad and frightening and infuriating. There’s a lot I want to say about this book. You should definitely read this book. A must read, The Kite Runner was my favourite book untill I bought and read this one, an absolute gem.
A Thousand Splendid Suns is a story set up in Afghanistan just like Khaled’s other stories. Afghanistan’s story of struggle is alone so saddening and disturbing and adding more misery to our emotions, Khaled has so beautifully told the untold story of women of Afghan society, a book about the struggle of women in the terror hit Afghanistan, their struggles, sacrifices, misery, stength, power and wisdom.
The story revolves around two women, Mariam and Laila. Mariam (born in 1959) is the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy merchant named Jalil who has 3 wives and 9 “legitimate” children. Mariam’s mother, Nana, was a servant in Jalil’s house whose affair with her resulted in the birth of Mariam. And very obviously Nana and Mariam were ousted from the house and were forced to live away from the city. Laila (born in 1978) who lives in the same area as Mariam. Laila’s story begins with her close friendship with a boy named Tariq who loses a leg to a Soviet land mine when he’s 5 years old. Years later when Laila’s family decides to leave the city, during farewell, Laila and Tariq make love. and as they are preparing to leave Kabul, an attack kills her parents and severely injures Laila.
Some events lead to the meeting of Mariam and Laila, they get married to a mad man named Rasheed and their struggles while living with Rasheed makes you hate him even more. This part of the story can be related to the plight of most women around the world, who are the victims of violent patriarchial society.
This is a story of pain, loss of loved ones, violence but also of sheer emotional strength of women. A must read story. Khaled Hosseini is a true legend who has so beautifully and honestly told the story of Afghanistan through all his books.
Read it now.
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