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  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (1 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606865455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606865453
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,355 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,523 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 ) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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237 of 241 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Readers Poll on 25 Sep 2007
Format: Hardcover
it traces the stories of two women brought together by destiny - Mariam, the illegitimate child of a rich man, is married off at fifteen to a much older man, and suffers a life of suppression and subjugation and made to feel worthless for not being able to produce an heir. Her life takes an interesting turn years later when a young 14-year-old girl, Laila is brought into her household and made wife number two. The two women forge a bond of sisterhood, united against their oppressor/husband. I will not give too much of the plot away, but suffice to say that not only do we get to read about these two character's amazing and heartbreaking journey through the cruel and oppressive male-dominated world they live in, but we also get a lesson in Afghanistan's history prior to and later during the Soviet Occupation in the 1980s to the Taliban rule where women are reduced to the ranks of chattel ,and deemed mere breeding mares and servants of men. This is a searing portrait of the plight of women in Afghanistan, and not only does it give voice to the victims of male oppression and harsh cultural traditions, but it stands as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit with its unwavering hope.
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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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49 of 52 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maria L. Uribe Torres on 29 Mar 2009
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One of the best books I have read during the last years. A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of Mariam, an Afghan woman whose life is determined by her only sin: being born of an unmarried woman. Her life tragedy, the struggle for reclaiming her identity, her lack of determination, her limited possibilities and boundaries of her own culture made her story unbelievable but at the same time so real that it's difficult to understand social reality and humanity.

It is an excellent book for those interested in learning more about Afghanistan, the Arab culture in Central Asia and the unrevealed ways of understanding Islam. It's a book that will take you through history, human rights, religion, ethics, politics, structural and cultural violence and love.

I really recommend you this book. Hosseini's style and way of unfolding events that run through the whole story consumes you. Each word, each page, each chapter makes you unaware of time and takes you to an unknown country, landscape, situation and lives that touches your senses and immerses you in a reality that goes beyond your empathetic capacity to understand others.

This saga is more than the history of Afghanistan; it shows through Mariam's and Layla's life the life of thousands of women in countries where women's rights are not respected and where culture undermines their dignity. This book depicts the need for democracy and beyond that, the need for structural systems that protect human rights; the need for cultural development that encompasses equality and justice and the need for counteracting hate and fostering education that promotes mutual respect. It also shows the need for fostering religious practices and teachings that forge compassionate attitudes and openness.
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