A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Author of critically acclaimed debut The Kite Runner brings us this heart-wrenching gem; A Thousand Splendid Suns published originally in 2007 by Bloomsbury Publishing. Set in Afghanistan and spanning a period of almost thirty years during the time of Soviet occupation up until Taliban rule, this tragic tale recounts the deeply moving lives of Mariam and Laila. The Mother-daughter dynamic that buds between them is irresistible and serves to give a greater attention to the undeniable sufferings of like women and children who live in Afghanistan.
The Author Khaled Hosseini instituted his humanitarian foundation in 2007 with the aim of providing to the most vulnerable groups in Afghanistan, namely; women, children and refugees, access to primarily shelter and education. This, in my opinion is a most noble endeavour of which I have in equal measure both admiration and deep respect. From the outset, it is to be noted that the only reasonable shortcoming I have with this book is that I had not read it sooner and on that front, it is only just that I rate A Thousand Splendid Suns…
I’ve finally given my first 5 Star Rating!! 😆😆😆🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
Hopefully there are many more 5 Star Ratings to follow. But for now, it’s on with this review!
Mariam is a young vulnerable girl conceived from the humble beginnings of illegitimacy. She is forced to marry Rasheed, a man twenty-five years her senior, at only fifteen years of age. Many years later, Laila, whose upbringing was very much unlike Mariam’s in that, she was educated and daughter of a man who wholly advocated women’s rights, is also forced into marriage with Mariam’s husband. The two form an unbreakable bond that carries them through even the most dire of situations.
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