A Thousand Splendid Suns (Novel) Book By Khaled Hosseini (Online Reading - Summary - Review - Book - Download - PDF)

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a 2007 novel by American Afghan author Khaled Hosseini. It is his second, after his best-selling debut in 2003, The Kite Runner. Mariam is an illegitimate girl and suffers both the stigma surrounding her birth and the abuse she faces during her marriage. Laila, born a generation later, is relatively privileged during her youth until their lives intersect and she is also forced to accept a marriage proposal from Rasheed, Mariam's husband.

Hosseini has commented that he considers the novel as a "mother and daughter story" in contrast to The Kite Runner, which he considers a "father and son story". He continues some of the themes used in his previous work, such as family aspects, but focuses mainly on female characters and their roles in Afghan society.

Obtaining widespread critical acclaim after publication, A Thousand Splendid Suns was released on May 22, 2007, and received favorable prepublication reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist, becoming a number one sales success for the New York Times for fifteen weeks after publication. launching. During his first week in the market, he sold more than one million copies. Columbia Pictures bought the film rights in 2007 and confirmed the intention of creating a film adaptation of the book. The book's first theater adaptation premiered on February 1, 2017, at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California.

Originally publishedMay 22, 2007 / AuthorKhaled Hosseini / Pages: 384 pp (first edition, hardcover) / PublisherRiverhead Books (and Simon & Schuster audio CD) / CharactersMullah FaizullahMariamZalmaiJalilLailaNanaRasheedTariqAzizaFaribaHakim / Genres: Novel, Domestic Fiction

Book Summary
Driven by the same superb instinct to tell stories that made The Kite Runner a much-loved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is both an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a moving story of family, friendship, faith, and life. salvation to be found in love

Born with a generation of difference and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women united by war, loss, and destiny. As they endure the increasing dangers that surround them, both at home and in the streets of Kabul, they form a bond that makes them sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not only of their own lives but of the next generation. With a heartbreaking and suspenseful power, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can lead her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end, it is love, or even the memory of love, which is often the key to survival.
An amazing achievement, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a disturbing, heartbreaking and compelling story of relentless time, an unlikely friendship and an indestructible love.

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Book Review
Spectacular. . . . Hosseini’s writing makes our hearts ache, our stomachs clench and our emotions reel. . . . Hosseini mixes the experiences of these women with imagined scenarios to create a fascinating microcosm of Afghan family life. He shows us the interior lives of the anonymous women living beneath identity-diminishing burqas... Hosseini writes in the gorgeous and stirring language of the natural beauty and colorful cultural heritage of his native Afghanistan. . . . Hosseini tells this saddest of stories in achingly beautiful prose through stunningly heroic characters whose spirits somehow grasp the dimmest rays of hope.

About the Author
Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. In 1970, Hosseini and his family moved to Iran, where his father worked for the Afghan Embassy in Tehran. In 1973, Hosseini's family returned to Kabul, and Hosseini's younger brother was born in July of that year.
In 1976, when Hosseini was 11 years old, Hosseini's father obtained a job in Paris, France, and moved the family there. They could not return to Afghanistan due to the Saur Revolution in which the PDPA communist party took power through a bloody coup in April 1978. Instead, a year after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, in 1980 they sought political asylum in the States United and made their residence in San Jose, California.
Hosseini graduated from Independence High School in San José in 1984 and enrolled at the University of Santa Clara, where he earned a degree in biology in 1988. The following year, he entered the Faculty of Medicine of the University of California, San Diego, where he obtained a Doctor of Medicine in 1993. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in 1996. He practiced medicine for more than ten years, up to a year and a half after the launch of The Kite Runner.
Hosseini is currently a goodwill envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He has been working to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan through the Khaled Hosseini Foundation. The concept of the foundation was inspired by the trip to Afghanistan that Hosseini made in 2007 with UNHCR.
He lives in northern California with his wife, Roya, and their two children (Harris and Farah).


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