Thousand Splendid Suns by Kholed Hosseini

Thousand Splendid Suns by Kholed Hosseini 1

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a powerful and emotional novel that tells the story of two women, Mariam and Laila, whose lives become intertwined in war-torn Afghanistan. The novel spans several decades, from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban and post-Taliban rebuilding. Through the eyes of Mariam and Laila, the reader experiences the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms.

The primary theme in the novel is the rights of women, especially under the Taliban. Mariam and Laila grow up during regimes that are not oppressive. Although Mariam’s father’s family pushes her into marriage with Rasheed, it is ultimately her choice to agree to marry him. The novel explores the struggles and sacrifices that women face in a patriarchal society, as well as the power of love, sacrifice, and forgiveness.

What I Liked

Everything – such a beautiful novel.

What I Did Not Like

Nothing – lovely novel. Also, you will cry.

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