A riveting and powerful story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship and an indestructible love
Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism.
'In case you're wondering whether A Thousand Splendid Suns is as good as The Kite Runner, here's the answer: No. It's better' Washington Post 'Only the hardest of hearts could fail to be as moved' Glamour 'A masterful narrative ... He is a storyteller of dizzying power' Evening Standard 'Hosseini has that rare thing, a Dickensian knack for storytelling' Daily Telegraph
Winner of British Book Awards: Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year Award 2008. Shortlisted for Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2009. Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Reader's Digest Author of the Year Award 2008. Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Sainsbury's Popular Fiction Award 2008.
Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and moved to the United States in 1980. His first novel, The Kite Runner, was an international bestseller, published in thirty-four countries. In 2006 he was named a US goodwill envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency. He lives in northern California.
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Amazing storyWas this review helpful?
Reviewed by Unknown on 12 July 2012
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
This is a riveting novel about love, struggle and the fight for freedom. Khalid Housseni is an amazing writer who has the ability to e@#$e emotion in the reader.
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Reviewed by Mohammed from South Africa on 04 April 2011
74 of 167 people found the following review helpful:
A very well written look into the lives of Mariam and Laila set near the Afghanistani town of Kabul. An eye opener into the life people lead during war and how they endure the unendurable.