Review: ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini

Equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming, Khaled Hosseini’s tale of two women living through war-torn Afghanistan is unforgettable. 

713ZoQHz4mL‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ has so many twists and turns I found myself pausing over and over again to let my mind catch up with what I was reading. At other times, I had to cover the bottom half of the page with my hand to keep myself from skipping lines I was so eager to know what happened next.

Hosseini’s love and passion for Afghanistan can be felt in every word he writes. Kabul and all its residents jump off the page and come to life in this beautiful story. I couldn’t help but fall in love with it’s characters.

In the midst of the terror that is filling our media outlets, it’s so easy to miss the terror that exists beyond our borders. ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ allows us to leave the comfort of our own lives and visit a world where life is an everyday struggle.

This story will fill your heart and shake your soul. It left me wondering if when our freedom comes at the expense of the freedom of others, is it really freedom at all? I may not have the answers but ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ has inspired me to start asking questions.

I hope that I will engage you, that I will transport you and that the novel will move you and leave you with some sense of compassion and empathy for Afghan women whose suffering has been matched by very few groups in recent world history.

~ Khaled Hosseini

Regardless of race, religion or residency, we can all relate to one another through a common capacity to love, dream and endure.

About the Book

“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 takes over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move people to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with startling heroism.”

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