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A Thousand Splendid SunsA Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan's last thirty years from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post Taliban rebuilding tha For the last two months I have been putting off reading this book For starters I bought the book at an airport in Taiwan which meant it didn't have a due date which meant it took a backseat to many books that I didn't have the luxury of reading wheneverAdditionally because I've heard so much about this book already I almost didn't want to read it at all I've heard that it's depressing that it's not as good as The Kite Runner and that it's basically a novel about the brutal treatment of women in AfghanistanYou know when you read a book or see a film that has had great reviews and you finish feeling disappointed because it didn't live up to the hype My experience reading this book was the complete opposite I loved it I didn't feel the message of the book was one of brutality or depression but of hope and the toughness of the human spiritThere are plenty of awful scenes to lend credence to its reputation While the story's time frame spans thirty years the main focus of the novel are two woman a generation apart whose lives cross as they become the wives of the same man Rasheed The elder Mariam was born to a servant woman out of wedlock and is raised in banishment ignorance and eventual rejection during the years the Afghani government was controlled by the communists She finds herself forced to marry a much older man after her mother commits suicide Laila fifteen years younger and raised by intellectual parents enters the marriage under much different circumstances Alone after a bomb destroys her home and kills her parents and pregnant by her childhood love who has fled the country she marries Rasheed in a desperate attempt to save her unborn childThe writing engrossed me Much like the Kite Runner Hosseini magically puts the reader in the city neighborhood and house of his characters Much to his credit I found myself torn between wanting to yell at Laila to hush up so that she'd avoid another beating and kicking Rasheed myself because he is a despicable bruteMariam one of the most tragic characters in literature makes this book what it is; a story of love and strenghth She who didn't have an easy day in her life allows herself to be touched by the love of Laila and her children In return she performs the ultimate act of love and saves a familyI appreciate Hosseini's portrayal of a part of the world that is under so much scrutiny lately Afghanistan and the city of Kabul where the story takes place have a long history of wars and occupations which result in a great chasm between different ethnic tribes Islam economic classes and gender Hosseini uses this novel to tell the story of Afghani women and the hardships that face them with each regime changeAs a woman I feel blessed to have been given confidence and opportunities I truly cannot imagine what it would be like to live under the conditions the women in this book live under I am grateful to be born to the family I was born to and in a country which allows me to live the kind of life I chooseMiram and Laila didn't have the opportunities or support that I have And yet they survived They endured and they reached out to others despite their circumstances In this Hosseini redeems all of Afghanistan by showing these two women's humanity He shows that in a place whose beauty was written about in a 17th century poem where One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs and the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls is a city that can become illuminated once again

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Free A Thousand Splendid Suns kindle ´ eBook 9781594489501 Î Khaled Hosseini à A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan's last thirty years—from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post Taliban rebuilding—that puts the vT puts the violence fear hope and faith of this country in intimate human terms It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war where personal live It was a warm sunny day in Montenegro and I was about to set out on a boat trip I felt certain that a combination of sightseeing and the people I was with would keep me from having much time to read but I packed a book anyway just in case there was time for a chapter or two in between stops A Thousand Splendid Suns happened to be that book And at the end of the day when I staggered off that boat blinking at my sudden exposure to reality it wasn't because I'd been mesmerised by the stunning architecture and history lessons no it was because Hosseini stomped all over my heart I'm not even sure how I found enough hours in the day to take a boat trip around Montenegro and read this entire novel but somehow I finished this in the few hours I had simply because I had toMy initial reaction was a furious teary promise to myself that I would have to give this book five stars I think it's impossible for the mind to win a battle with the heart in that level of heat especially when you're used to English weather But afterwards I managed to reclaim some of my sense and sanity which is when I finally began to acknowledge this book's limitations For one thing I think it's extremely generous to place this book in the literary fiction category I am certainly no book snob give me a delicious page turner over some pretentious waffle any day but I find myself comparing A Thousand Splendid Suns to another book about a country and culture I was only vaguely familiar with The Poisonwood Bible a book which I also read on my trip The latter is a far complex ambitious work that brings something which to me felt entirely fresh and original Hosseini's story on the other hand is not groundbreaking and I recognise many of the scenes and characters from other booksWhat it is however is incredibly emotional sad uplifting infuriating and memorable It's lessons on the history of Afghanistan and the rise of the Taliban might be basic but they are nothing if not compelling I came away feeling like I learned something What I did learn was truly horrifying it painted details into the very vague images I already had in my mind that I had gotten from various British newspapers But I also really liked the affection for his birth country that shines through Hosseini's story; his faith in the ultimate goodness of these people who witnessed society and order crumbling around themThe ultimate tragedy of this story for me is how everything could have been very different for Mariam and Laila if people had just acted a little faster stopped worrying about their pride a little earlier and trusted a little I really liked the range of emotions both women experienced and they way the author showed this I know some readers thought it was wrong for Mariam to be jealous of Laila at first but I actually really liked the complexity Rasheed may be a bastard but he was the only thing in the world that she had at that point and on some level it made sense to me that she would want to claim him for herselfWhile I believe Mariam and Laila experienced complex emotions and were well developed Rasheed did not get the same treatment a fact which I'm torn about On the one hand I think Rasheed would have been a better character if he'd been developed beyond him being the most villainous villain in all villaindom On the other hand I think Rasheed's evil personality offers an important distinction between him and Jalil and the other men one which is needed in a book that looks at the cruelties women suffer at the hands of men The difference between Rasheed and Jalil is important The latter is a man who acts badly because his behaviour is shaped by the society he lives in Rasheed on the ot

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S the struggle to survive raise a family find happiness are inextricable from the history playing out around themPropelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classi I have never cried while reading a booklike I Did while reading this oneIt is the story of poor uneducated women who have to endure the hardships of life The horrors and terrors that a lot of women have gone through during certain period in Afghanistan the war torn country and the narration through the lives of two women Mariam and LailaGoing through All kinds of Physical abuse of hitting kicking and slapping brutal beating etcStruggling the cruel extremely sadistic Rasheed And suffering all kinds of violence and subjected to his shifting mood and volatile temperWitnessing the ugliness of war the fate of loved ones grieving for lost livesAnd sadly this is not exclusive to Afghan society only it is happening in many other countries The unhappy abusive marriages oppressive governments and repressive Cultural s It finds its echo in varying forms in differing degrees through the different time periods across the world The end of the novel give some hope in its last scene after all the violent accidents with Laila's pregnancy Kabul rebuilding and a loving family reunion “I know you're still young but I want you to understand and learn this now Marriage can wait education cannotAnd I also know that when this war is over Afghanistan is going to need you as much as its men maybe even Because a society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated No chance” Laila fulfilled her father’s dreams and he can rest in peace watching his brave daughter completing his path and teaching young Afghan children the true values and principles of Their social heritage and culture educating them how they could be good citizens in the futureIn this critical age when personalities are shaped And what they learn will stay with themAnd protecting them from falling in the hands of those who would mould them to absorb hatred violence and intolerance