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A thousand splendid suns
Khaled Hosseini
Adult Fiction HOSSEIN

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Yekaterina said:
Just as the author did in "The Kite Runner," Hosseini created a moving portrayal of wartorn life in Afghanistan. Contrasting with Kite Runner, this book focuses more on the relationship between women rather than men. I read it in one day, could not put it down. I expected nothing less than greatness after having read Kite Runner, and I was not dissapointed.
posted Aug 3, 2008 at 5:01PM
Ted's Review said:
Hosseini is an amazing writer. He is able to transport you to a world away -- Afghanistan. Amazingly, this isn’t the world of 1890, but only a few years ago. It’s unbelievable (but true) that there are cultures that exist today that have such little regard for women. This book is captivating and very well written, but very depressing too. It can be exhasting at times, but I would still highly recommend this. If you liked The Kite Runner, you will like this too.
posted Aug 11, 2008 at 6:38PM
Avatar for Ryner Ryner said:
In ATSS, Hosseini weaves together the stories of two women, Mariam and Laila. Mariam grew up in a rural hovel, the illegitimate child of a wealthy man in the city. Her lifelong dream is that her father would one day acknowledge her as his daughter. On the other side of the country, Laila lived with her progressive and erudite parents, who supported her education and had hopes of a bright future in which she could make her own choices. The Afghan Civil War dashes Laila’s dreams, but brings these two women together as they both find themselves unhappily married to the same man.

My initial impression was that the story was somewhat predictable, but the climax was pleasingly surprising. Hosseini’s works, in addition to being engaging reads, provide enthralling peeks into Afghan history.
posted Sep 15, 2008 at 6:29PM
dilEMMA said:
I reccomend this to anyone who asks: any good books. Amazing author, amazing story. Really sad. I cried so hard.
posted Sep 21, 2008 at 5:35PM
stet said:
Historical fiction following two girls growing up in Afghanistan beginning in the country’s “heyday” and continuing through the fall of the Taliban’s complete control. Another page turner that also provides an glimpse into the life of Afghan women through the years.
posted Dec 2, 2010 at 3:48PM
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