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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; Export Ed edition (22 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747582971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747582977
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.9 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,450 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read and beloved novelists in the world, with over thirty eight million copies of his books sold in more than seventy countries. The Kite Runner was a major film and was a Book of the Decade, chosen by The Times, Daily Telegraph and Guardian. A Thousand Splendid Suns was the Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year in 2008. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. He was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and lives in northern California.

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‘A beautifully crafted and disturbing story of two women victims of the wrath of men. As unforgettable as The Kite Runner, this novel places us in Afghanistan with an open heart' (Isabel Allende )

‘I loved this book - I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. It is incredibly moving and a real insight into the madness and suffering of Afghanistan - in particular its women' (Fiona Bruce )

‘Hosseini proves his credentials as a superstar storyteller. This follow up to The Kite Runner will have fans rampaging into bookshops desperate for their copy. Yet again he weaves a masterful story around the lives of two extraordinary and compelling characters brought together in adversity' (Mariella Frostrup )

‘From further east comes, at long last, Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns in which the universally adored author of The Kite Runner returns with a study of love and self-sacrifice in a modern Afghan family' (Sunday Telegraph )

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The highly anticipated and breathtaking new novel by the author of the internationally best-selling novel The Kite Runner


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240 of 244 people found the following review helpful By Beth Roads on 16 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book moved me to tears, it is truly a remarkable and beautifully crafted novel. At times Hosseini paints harrowing and brutal scenes but always retains, through the characters of Mariam and Laila, humanity, spirit and above all love. There were chapters in this novel through which I literally held my breath, wishing with all my heart that what was unfolding would not, could not happen. It is very easy for those of us lucky enough to live in safety to visualise Afghanistan as a brutal, forsaken place, but this novel shows us something more. It forces the reader to acknowledge and recognise not only the suffering of people in our war torn world but something else, the human capacity for survival, forgiveness and love. Truly a wonderful book and one I would urge others to read. The best novel I have read in a long time and one that will stay with me for a long time to come.
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88 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Hussein on 5 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best books I have ever read. The story of two women brought together in the most awful, despicable circumstances which are totally out of their control. The husband Rasheed is probably one of the most hateful, violent characters I have ever come across and Hosseini's writing is so powerful that you believe these people really exist and I hated Rasheed with a passsion. This book had my heart thumping at a failed escape and crying at one of the most poignant chapters set in the Ghaza Stadium. Like the Kite Runner this book does end with a sense of hope but again, getting to that end still fills you with sadness. This is one book I will remember for along time.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Zara on 7 Mar. 2009
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This is an absolutely brilliant book depicting the lives of two extraordinary Afghani women who are thrown together under highly unusual circumstances. The book follows their struggle against extreme evil, hardship and victimisation. Mariam and Laila show incredible strength as women in a country torn apart by vicious war, and the untoward cruelty suffered by them at the hands of a shared husband whom both were forced to marry, is heartbreaking. It is almost impossible to imagine that this amazing story was set, for the most part of it, in the 1990s. It is such an insight into the country of Afghanistan and this is a book that will stay with you long after you read the last page. Truly one of kind.
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115 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Aug. 2007
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A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS tells the wonderful, intensely moving story of how two modern Afghan women overcome the great challenges that have faced women in Afghanistan and rise above their victimization. Khaled Hosseini has succeeded in capturing many important historical and contemporary themes in a way that will make your heart ache again and again. Why will your reaction be so strong? It's because you'll identify closely with the suffering of almost all the characters, a reaction that's very rare to a modern novel.

In Part One, you meet Miriam at age five as she learns that she is a harami (an illegitimate child). Miriam's wealthy father, Jalil, had seduced a housekeeper, Miriam's mother, Nana, six years earlier and now provides for both of them in a remote shack where he can keep a low profile. Despite his concern about his reputation, Jalil adores the attention that Miriam devotes to him. All proceeds in an artificial and harsh way until one day Miriam decides to demand her father's attention. The consequences shape her world for the rest of her life.

In Part Two, the story moves to focus on Laila, who was born to Miriam's acquaintance Fariba at the end of Part One. Laila's rearing is almost totally the opposite of Miriam's. Laila is loved by both her parents with whom she lives and has many chances to develop her knowledge and skills. Laila lives in Kabul while Miriam grew up in the countryside outside of Herat. Laila is beautiful while Miriam is plainer. They also grow up in different times: Miriam is old enough to be Laila's mother. Miriam never had a male friend while growing up, while Laila is fascinated by the one-legged Tariq. All is going well for Laila until the war intrudes to send her life off into an unexpected direction.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Robinson on 5 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
Another excellent read by Hosseini. Life in Afghanistan from a womens point of view was not pretty, especially during the Taliban rule.
This book covers this is some detail. The storyline is well structured and the writing style makes this an easy read that you dont really want to put down. Having said all that it was not as riveting as Kite Runner, however dont be put off,its well worth a read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tealady2000 VINE VOICE on 23 Mar. 2009
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This is a charming yet thought-provoking and moving story from Afghan-born novelist Khaled Hosseini. Set against a backdrop of more than 30 years of troubled times in Afghanistan, it tells of two women, Mariam and Laila, who are thrown together like flotsam on the tide of fate. They have little control over any part of their lives but despite everything they form a remarkable bond, a testament to the endurance of the human spirit in times when absolutely nothing can be taken for granted.

This story provides a remarkable insight into the lives of others and I am not ashamed to say that it made me cry. It is beautifully narrated by Atossa Leoni (who plays Soraya in the film version of The Kite Runner) - I loved hearing all the Arabic/Pashto/Farsi words pronounced with an authentic accent. Highly recommended.
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