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A Thousand Splendid Suns

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  565,583 ratings  ·  33,957 reviews
A moving story about two women set in Afghanistan. The book's story illustrates both the second class, serf-like treatment of two women and their subjection to physical and emotional brutality that was allowed, enabled and endorsed. We also get to see the bravery, kindness and self-resilience of these same two women. Despite the harsh reality of the story, the humanness an...more
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published May 22nd 2007 by Riverhead Hardcover (first published 2007)
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Roselyn Quinn The Kite Runner was my favorite. However, this book is amazing and even though it is fiction, it was life changing. I know we must be enlightened and…moreThe Kite Runner was my favorite. However, this book is amazing and even though it is fiction, it was life changing. I know we must be enlightened and help others. In this book they thought the Taliban would actually make things better. I cried, no, weeped many times reading it(less)
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August 2007

I was riding in a cab in Bombay recently, and a bookseller on foot approached me at a traffic light with a stack of books. I did my best not to look at the boy, but I couldn't help it. He was waving several books in my face and something caught my eye. I thought my glance was discreet, but he saw me look.. and it was game over. The light turned green right then and the boy starts running with the cab yelling 'Memsahib! Memsahib!'. We're picking up speed.. I'm so scared he's going to g...more
Like diamonds and roses hidden under bomb rubble, this is a story of intense beauty and strength buried under the surface of the cruel and capricious life imposed upon two Afghani women.
She remembered Nana saying once that each snowflake was a sigh heaved by an aggrieved woman somewhere in the world. That all the sighs drifted up the sky, gathered into clouds, then broke into tiny pieces that fell silently on the people below. As a reminder of how people like us suffer, she'd said. How quiet
Mar 15, 2013 Daniel rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daniel by: Rose
Shelves: 2009
It's apparently becoming something of a tradition for me to trash books that are not only widely loved and praised, but were specifically recommended to me by friends. Khaled Hosseini's "A Thousand Splended Suns," I'm sorry to say, is going to get the same treatment. (Forgive me, Rose.) "Splendid Suns" has been so widely read by this point, I won't bother recounting the story, and instead simply list my objections:

- Hosseini seems incapable of creating characters with much depth to them. E.M. Fo...more
Sep 14, 2008 K rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who actually thought "The Kite Runner" was a good book
Recommended to K by: Shelly
To my editor:

Khaled here. As I was reviewing my final draft of “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” some questions occurred to me.

1. Could I make the characters any less complex? Despite my efforts, I feel I haven’t fully achieved the one-dimensionality my readers seemed to love in “The Kite Runner.” Specifically, I’m afraid I may have given Rassan one or two potentially sympathetic moments early on despite his overall abusive personality (although I more than make up for it). I don’t know whether my rea...more
Suns is part historical fiction, part social commentary and part kick-in-the-throat storytelling. A friend of mine said that Suns is a metaphor for Afghanistan but I found it illustrative of Afghanistan's weary and violent history; I found it brutally educational. When I had studied in Germany in 1987, I lived in an international dormitory. I asked my neighbor, Hyder, where he was from, he leaned in to me with a devilish grin and hissed “Afghanistan!” While others found this amusing, the effect...more
I have never cried while reading a book,like I Did while reading this one!

It 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 Laila..

Going through All kinds of Physical abuse of hitting, kicking and slapping ,brutal beating ,etc….
Struggling the cruel extremely sadistic Rasheed, And s...more
Lynne King
I started this book with high expectations. I had been overwhelmed with every conceivable emotion when I read the “Kite Runner” and just couldn’t believe that his second book, “A Thousand Splendid Suns”, could possibly be as good.

So it was with trepidation and yet excitement that I read this book. I had left the last dozen or so pages to read until the following morning, as I didn’t want to quite let it go, and as I sat there at 7 a.m. on the terrace, with a cup of coffee in my hand, I slowly fi...more
Nandakishore Varma
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Tom Carrico
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A Thousand Splendid Suns
By Khaled Hosseini

Reviewed by Tom Carrico

It’s amazing that this author has the #1 fiction paperback (The Kite Runner) and the #1 fiction hardback (A Thousand Splendid Suns) on “The New York Times” bestseller list. The Kite Runner has sold over four millions copies since its release in 2003. It is a hauntingly written novel set in war-torn Afghanistan. It is exceptionally well plotted and opens the window on a part of the world that very few of us are familiar w...more
Emily May

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 stunn...more
May 30, 2008 Rachel rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: middle class liberal white women
Recommended to Rachel by: middle class liberal white woman
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مريم يا وجع القلب!


قادتني الرواية برفقة "مريم" في دروب أفغانستان الوعرة...بكل ما فيها من أحداث جسيمة واضطرابات وحروب وقهر وظلم وتخبط...فمن خلال حكايتها وحكاية ليلى التي تقاطعت معها فيما بعد ألقى الكاتب الضوء على العديد من الأحداث التي مرت بأفغانستان وشكلت التاريخ الأفغاني بدءا بانتهاء الحكم الملكي وبالاحتلال الروسي ومن ثم بحكم طالبان والحرب الأمريكية على أفغانستان.

هذه الرواية من الروايات التي تتباين حولها الآراء...لأنها تعالج واقعا متأزما المجال فيه مفتوح لكثير من التصورات والتحليلات...ولأنها ركز...more
I loved The Kite Runner, but A Thousand Splendid Suns is even better. This book is described as breathtaking, and I have to say that is a teensy bit of an understatement.

There were times, reading this, when I literally couldn't breathe, and felt like the bottom had dropped out of my stomach. But this story is beautiful, and enlightening and hopeful even through all the gritty, heart-wrenching, almost physically painful emotional rawness of it.

I am surprised at how well Hosseini writes from a w...more
mai ahmd
ستبقى ذكرى هذه الرواية مرتبطة باللقاء الأول مع أصدقاء صالون الجمعة لذلك فضلت أن أسجل هذا للتاريخ :)
المؤسف أننا قرأنا هذه الرواية الجميلة بترجمة ليست بنفس الجودة وأنا على ثقة أنه لو كانت الرواية بيد أكثر
خبرة وإتقان لكانت مكتملة

سلطت الرواية الضوء على فئة مغبونة وموجودة في كل مجتمع الفئة التي يطلق عليها ( ابن ، ابنة حرام ) وربما التركيز هنا على الفتاة لإن المجتمعات التي نعيش فيها هي مجتمعات ذكورية الرجل قد يسلك فيها بأي طريقة لكن الفتاة وفي مجتمع إسلامي فالفتاة تولد وقد وئدت كل حقوقها وأصبحت منذ...more
Jan 31, 2008 Ruth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens and up
Recommended to Ruth by: Cara
Shelves: fiction
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ياسمين ثابت

تصميمي لغلاف الرواية



ألف شمس مشرقة

وألف دمعة وألف طعنة للقلب مع كل سطر من سطور هذه الرواية

اللقاء الأول بيني وبين خالد حسيني

واللقاء الأول كذلك بيني وبين افغانستان وتاريخها وحضارتها في رواية

نصيحة لأي قارئ إذا تألمت واستعصى عليك بالبكاء فإقرأ هذه الرواية واضمن لك ان دموعك لن تستطيع المقاومة
ستبكي وتبكي وتبكي وتبكي

أكبر شمس مشرقة بالرواية كانت مريم

الفتاة يتيمة الأب وهو حي يتيمة الأم وهي حبيسة وجعها
ترمى إلى قدمي رجل يكبرها ضعف عمرها مطلق من أجل التخلص منها
تنطفئ وتظلم تحت طبقات كثيرة جدا من الظلم والقهر ا

بدأنا القراءة في صالون الجمعة ... كان جو الأصدقاء رائع ومحفز للقراءة أكثر وبطريقة أجمل .

في الجزء الأول من رائعة خالد الحسيني لم أستطع تصور حجم الألم الداخلي لهذه الزهرة البرية التي تدعى مريم ؟

كيف استطاعت وهي ابنة الخمس سنين أن تتحمل أذنها سماع كلمة بحجم كلمة - ابنة حرام- ؟ أن تتعايش معها أن تحسها ، أن تتخبط في التساؤلات اللا منتهية ، دون ان تسمع الاجابة التي لربما تمحي بعضا من ألمها ، كيف؟ كيف؟

كانت حواسها ممزقة منذ لحظة زرعت عنوة، ونبتت عنوة، وانتشت عنوة، لتسقى عند انتاشها اخيرا بعبارات الازدرا
Nov 15, 2008 Eastofoz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers looking for a highly emotional soul-ripping read
Shelves: fiction
Another exceptional book by Hosseini. It’ll rip out your heart, have you crying buckets and buckets of tears while marveling at the triumph of the human spirit through severe and virtually unimaginable adversity as well as pure hell.

The writing is absolutely beautiful. The pictures he paints with his words are so vivid that everything from the fun everyday life to the squalor that war brings to the ordinary person just flashes before your eyes like a movie. There are some parts that have no doub...more
Lance Greenfield
A very moving story which could change your life.

This is a work of fiction which is beautifully woven using many threads of both harsh and loving reality. I cannot believe that it could be possible for any reader to get through this book without shedding a tear. I shed many.

It is about the collision of the life-paths of two women who come from very different family backgrounds, but become the wives of the same, cruel husband in Kabul. They form an unlikely, strong, and loving, alliance.

The story...more
My review from the Los Angeles Times Book Review:

Afghani-born novelist Khaled Hosseini enthralled readers with “The Kite Flyer,” his first novel, which was constructed around the friendship between Amir, a privileged Pashtun Sunni born in Kabul, and his boyhood friend and servant Hassan, a Shi’a, ethnic Hazara and master kite runner who, in the course of running to ground the coveted last fallen kite of the winter tournament in 1975, has a violent encounter that changes both boys’ lives.

“The Ki...more
Idle Hippo
The story sets in a "war zone" Afghanistan which is Hosseini does his good job provides me with a glimpse of the history of Afghanistan. Although I feel the story moves slowly in the 1st and 2nd part of the book. The story is really flowing for me when Mariam and Laila lives become intertwined. From this point this book simply unputdownable. Mariam and Laila forged an alliance and harboring resentment against a violent and brutal Rasheed whose happen to be their husband (I really want to kick th...more
Seems that this book and its predecessor, The Kite Runner, has been getting a lot of buzz on the Internet lately — but based on the reviews, I’d shied away from reading either. Most people seemed to agree that these stories of Afghan civil war were “hard” to read — not because of lengthy, erudite descriptions (quite to the contrary, actually; Splendid Suns, at least, was basically well-written with plenty of dialogue to drive the reader through the storyline) but because of the topic. I suspecte...more
Sarah Shahid
رواية مؤلمة بلا شك

تصف البؤس الاجتماعي في أفغانستان، حالة المرأة المزرية في ذلك الوقت، وضع اللاجئين المشردين.

لكنها لا تصلح أبداً لتكون مصدراً سياسياً أو تاريخياً فقد كان فيها الكثير من الانحياز

للأسف لم يكن الكاتب براغماتياً أبداً بل كان مقيداً بإيدولوجيات فرضها المعسكر الغربي لذلك نال تلك الشهرة في أمريكا

لا أعرف السبب الحقيقي لتخليه بهذا الشكل عن قضية بلده وتحويرها، هل لأن أمريكا منحته حق اللجوء السياسي؟؟ أم أنها استقبلته في جامعاتها؟؟ أم بعده عن بلده وعيشه في كاليفورنيا؟؟

لا أستطيع بالضبط الوقوف...more
Marianne Elliott
While trying to rate this book I discovered that there is quite a big leap from three stars to four stars. From "i liked it" to "i really liked it".

I liked this book. If I didn't live and work in Afghanistan it might have stopped there. I like it, I learned from it. Three stars and it's over. Hosseini is a good writer, but not four star excellent.

But I do live in Afghanistan. I lived in Kabul for 8 months and then in Herat for 10 months. Now I live in a remote province no-one outside Afghanista...more
Jennifer Joelle
I must admit that I had some trepidation in starting this novel, along with hope and excitement.

Hosseini's first book, "The Kite Runner" is quite truthfully, one of the best novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading and I can state most elatedly that "A Thousand Splendid Suns" will take it's place amongst those stories that I cherish. I was apprehensive in starting this book simply because I was worried that I would be disappointed; that it would not be clearly as heart wrenchingly good as...more
This book definitely left an indelible impression on me. It really helped me understand Afghanistan's tragic history (the revolutions, Soviet invasion, the Taliban) and also how religion can be used to control people. Mariam and Laila's sisterhood was wonderful to me; the fact that they joined forces to fight a tyrant was so touching to me.I definitely couldn't read this book more than once; it was too tragic. Great writing.
اول رواية حركت دموعي لتخرج من مآقيها لكني لن أبكي فنساء تحملن كل هذا الألم و رؤوسهن مازالت شامخة فلن نأتي نحن المعززات في بلداننا و ننبكي ...اشعر بالاسى على نفسي اتطلع الى المزيد و أطمع في المزيد و هناك نساء الأمان هو فقط ما يردن
Jul 11, 2007 Leila rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women, people interested in middle eastern culture
It took me about 4 chapters to get into this book but it was well worth it. The story seems a little slow at first but it's meant to.

There were two things I found remarkable about this book. The first is that the story is told so simply. There is little emphasis placed on the inconceivable atrocities the characters in the book endure. Instead, the emphasis is placed on the characters and their lives. There are times that the readers find themselves enjoying moments with the women in this book,...more
I read A Thousand Splendid Suns having just finished Kite Runner. I would like the opportunity to live life again (who wouldn’t?), if only to have a chance of reversing the order of this experience. I suspect that had I read A Thousand Splendid Suns first then none of the criticisms I raise about the book would even have been imagined, let alone expressed. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a wonderful book, a compelling and gut-wrenching story of two women, Mariam and Laila, who share a husband throug...more
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Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. In 1970 Hosseini and his family moved to Iran where his father worked for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tehran. In 1973 Hosseini's family returned to Kabul, and Hosseini's youngest brother was born in July of that year.
In 1976, when Hosseini was 11 years old, Hosseini's father obtained a job in Paris, France, and moved the family there. They were u...more
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“Marriage can wait, education cannot.” 1238 likes
“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,
Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”
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