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Book Review - A Thousand Splendid Suns

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A Thousand Splendid Suns is a novel written by an Afghan Khaled Hosseini. His first book The Kite Runner was a great success. It's just good critique of the book.

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a story of two women's lives in Afghanistan, where women are just as valuable as a table or a chair. The women have to struggle against the enemies like the Taliban that shoot rockets at the city and kill lots of people under Islamic law Shaira, and the Taliban's enemies, the corrupt opponent who is under Soviet control. But their most dangerous enemy is their husband. The book talks about women, Mariam and Laila, it is about 15 years between them. Mariam forced to marry Rashid, a shoe-maker in Kabul. She is a Harami, an illegitimate child.

Laila's parents are killed by a Taliban rocket fire. She is then pregnant with Tariqs child, the boy she played with all the time when she was a child. To provide a good future for the unborn child chooses Laila married with Rashid. Since it is said a lot of the household, if any trouble, anxiety and abuse. But also about the kids and the little hope that Laila has left. The book begins in a Kolba, a small house of mud. Which tells the story of Mariam's childhood, she learns that she is a Harami, if her father Jalil and her mother, Nana, death. Until the end of the book is set, everything in the Afghan capital Kabul. The book begins around the 1970s and up to 2003. Thousand Splendid Suns is a realistic story. The book also tells about the war policy in Afghanistan, where the parties and their various leaders. It is an adult book. The language is not difficult, but it used words from Arabic, Persian and Pashto. You can usually find out what the word means. But it has happened maybe once or twice that I did not understand any of the words meant. The book tells of how hard the women in Afghanistan. How they have the energy to put up with the misery. Created by some men who say this is Islam's laws and that they must be followed. You also learn how difficult life is in a refugee camp. 8 million Afghans lived such a life. Still, there are two million Afghan refugees in Pakistan. But the worst is war in Kabul. When a rocket hit a house and bits of people everywhere, a foot of one leg. Which are then picked up by the shocked and weeping mothers. We take almost for granted how good we have it in countries without war. A Thousand Splendid Suns is probably one of the best books I have read. The only thing that I thought less about is how detailed everything is told, I do not think it's so good there's less to the imagination then.

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One Response to "Book Review - A Thousand Splendid Suns"

  1. Rebecca on May 30, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    It is actually pretty good when you're told in detail - you get better insight in the action then.

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