Mar 4, 2009

Book 04: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

After having recommended the best selling debut ‘The Kite Runner’, the natural progression leads to recommending yet another gem by the gifted author ‘Khaled Hosseini’. The next novel by Khaled is called ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’. Like ‘The Kite Runner’ (a substantial portion of it at least), this novel is set in Afghanistan.

A Thousand Splendid Suns is primarily a story of lives of two girls who become women through the years which are divided in four parts of the book. The first girl being Mariam, a girl who lived with her mother until she was a teen and due to some reasons not worth disclosing was married off when she was just a teenager. This forms the first part of the book. The atrocities and moments of sorrow which Mariam experiences in her life are explained with an unparallel style which make you feel emotionally attached to her and you start to empathize with a character which been crafted in your subconscious mind through the pages of the book. In the second part we’re introduced to the second girl or the second most important character of the book named Laila. This part of the book reflects on life of Laila and her bonding with her parents, her friends. Everyday moments lived by a daughter with her father that  get etched in her memory forever and blossoming first love in this Laila’s life is the center piece of the character and this part of the book. The third part of the book is the real essence of the story when lives of Mariam and Laila are juxtaposed and the way a beautiful and the strongest relationship is created in the book. Divulging any further details about the book or the story would be a clear injustice. Part four provides just the perfect conclusion to the book.

Development of relationships and the way the characters and their lives progress with time between is one of the most prominent strength of Khaled which is evident in both his creations. A Thousand Splendid Suns wouldn’t be half as good if the sensitivity between characters and the grief, sentiments shared between then was handled in any other way. A Thousand Splendid Suns proves the unadulterated talent and genius of Khaled Hosseini. Make sure you read this one at the soonest possible opportunity and I can assure you won’t regret the decision.

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Manish :)

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  1. I want to read both these books.
    Will start from Kite Runner. And I think it comes in my genre too.

  2. @ Megha: I can assure you that you won't be disappointed after reading these books. I can't wait to read what you think of them. Request you to please let me and all the other readers of Surreal Nirvana know what you think of the books once you've read them. Until then, make sure you keep coming back for many more recommendations :)

  3. I've read the Kite Runner, but I forgot that a Thousand Splendid Suns was out. Thanks for the reminder and the review.

  4. @ Errant Gosling: Oh if you liked The Kite Runner, this is at least a couple notches better. Some areas of the book grasp you and force you to think about situations the way a man would've never thought before in his life/ I'll wait to know what you think of the book once you're done reading this one. Please make sure you drop in a word. Even until then, keep visiting :)

  5. I LOVE this is a must-read. I like it even more than The Kite Runner, Husseini seems to get even better with this one. I really like the review :)

  6. @ PLP: Thanks a ton for such a lovely comment. Yes I do believe Khaled Hoseinni is an extremely gifted author. I hope you'd keep visiting often. I'm sure you know about the subscription options as well.

  7. i was considering this book for long but now I will definitely get it..thanks for the review!

  8. @ inmode: I can assure you that you won't regret reading this author. I'd suggest you also try his first book called, 'The Kite Runner'. I've written a post for that book as well. Hope to see more of you and your feedback here on Surreal Nirvana :)

  9. I’ll definitely read the book as the storyline is so good. I don’t know how I missed it. Thanks for sharing the storyline with us. You know sometimes it helps a lot and you can decide whether you want to read the book or not. But I am very much attracted to this type of stories so I am sure I am going to like it. Thanks for shearing your post!!


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