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A Thousand Splendid Suns [Hardcover]

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Pages   372
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.28" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.25"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 22, 2007
Publisher   Riverhead
Age  18
ISBN  1594489505  
EAN  9781594489501  

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Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in wartorn Kabul, incurring losses over the course of thirty years that test the limits of their strength and courage.

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After 103 weeks on the "New York Times "bestseller list and with four million copies of "The Kite Runner" shipped, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today.
Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made "The Kite Runner "a beloved classic, "A Thousand Splendid Suns" is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.
Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul--they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.
A stunning accomplishment, "A Thousand Splendid Suns" is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and moved to the United States in 1980. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed. He is A U.S. Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

Khaled Hosseini currently resides in New York, in the state of California.

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Woes of Misogyny  Nov 12, 2008
I had no intention of reading this book because of the negative publicity surrounding Khaled Hosseini's previously published novel, The Kite Runner, and the movie based on it. I know some people who will not watch any movie with rape scenes. Unfortunately, I'm not that ideologically consistent, as my favorite director is Sergio Leone, and his films have a lot of rape scenes.

In any event, a local Muslima was leading a book discussion group which was planning to talk about A Thousand Splendid Suns, so I decided to read it and participate.

I should list reviews in major publications.

1. Christian Science Monitor, by Yvonne Zipp
2. New York Times, by Michiko Kakutani
3. London Times by Joan Smith
4. Washington Post by Johnathan Yardley

My first impression while reading this was its similarity to a film hindi, you know, where the twins are seperated at birth, one becomes an outlaw, the other a policeman, and both fall in love with the rich man's daughter, who is going to be married off to a politician, etc. Or an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, where the detectives' uncovering of one gruesome crime leads to the discovery of an even more gruesome crime.

So the book is an unending tale of the woes of misogyny. And however cliche that may be, it does not change the fact that misogyny does cause a lot of damage in people's lives.

In addition, the author actually tries to teach contemporary Afghani history through the characters' lives. In the author's retelling of events, the period of communist rule in the 1970s-1980s, comes out looking the best, at least from the vantage point of Kabul. And while the Taliban come out looking bad, the previous mujahideen factions also come out looking bad. While a lot of this is old news to most Muslims who have followed Afghanistan for the last 30 years, the discussion group participants in Augusta, GA remarked that, despite the fact that U.S. forces have been deployed in Afghanistan for nearly 7 years, they learned a lot from this aspect of Khaled Hosseini's book.

One concern I have is whether Khaled Hosseini whitewashes the current government of Afghanistan. My understanding is that it relies so much on the anti-Taliban warlords that life for most Afghanis has improved marginally. Has misogyny decreased since the Taliban left Kabul? What about Malalai Joya, who has been suspended from the Afghani parliament for speaking against its warlords? In addition to her June 2007 interview on Democracy! Now, she was featured in a [wideangle] episode which aired in September 2007. Economic improvement has occurred through the increase of opium production.

The novel has an obvious anti-Pushtun bias. And it seems as if this is how the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan is shaping up, with primarily Pushtun Taliban controlling areas of the south and primarily non-Pushtun militias ruling in various northern and western provinces and taking part in the weak central government. In this regard, the novel fails to achieve the uplifting ending it portrays through the individual character of Laila because there is no approaching of consensus towards a less misogynistic, more ethnically and religiously tolerant society.

Having said all that, the novel is an easy read, and there is a plot twist that I did not expect. Most of the people who attended the discussion group said the novel was better than Kite Runner. So I'd say it's a good vacation read.
Enthralling...  Nov 11, 2008
This is so beautifully written. Absolutely enthralling and you cannot put it down. The two main characters are so well drawn you can actually feel empathy for them at what they have to endure throughout the story. This is in the best books I have ever read.
Very touching   Nov 5, 2008
This is a must read if you have read Kite Runner. I loved this book from start to finish.
Very good BOOK  Nov 2, 2008
My Book came in excellent condition, I had a great time reading the story. Hope to buy more soon from here
Excellent Story  Nov 1, 2008
I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who said, "Why buy a book when you can go to the library?" Well, I agree with him in part. If I'm interested in a book, I first check it out at the library. If I really like it, I return it and then I buy a new copy for my own personal library at home. After reading this book, I had to have my own personal copy. It is such a beautiful story. The love and friendship that develops between the two main female characters reminds me so much of Christ and the church, even though the story is set in Afghanistan where Christianity is not widespread, to say the least. And the emotional strength that each of these women demonstrates is remarkable. I highly recommend this book to anyone, regardless of your spiritual beliefs.

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