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Runner Mariam is an illegitimate child and suffers from both the stigma surrounding her birth along with the abuse she faces throughout her marriage Laila born a generation later is comparatively privileged during her youth until their lives intersect and she is also forced to accept a marriage proposal from Rasheed Mariam s husband 2007 2008 1386 461 9789647425384 21 1387 488 9789648155297 1386 451 9789648831879 1387 1388 1389 1393 428 9786005205503 1394 407 9786009484492 1386 464 9789641740070 1387 1386 433 9789643623920 1389 487 9789642911158 1386 447 9789642981038 1389 320 9789642569939 1386 432 9789643285623 01061399 This novel is about two wonderful brave intelligent and resolute women Mariam and Laila their optimistic dreams aspirations boundless love yet dehumanized in perilous merciless Afghanistan continually suffering degradation during the tumultuous years in the long sad history of that troubled war ravished nation Mariam born out of wedlock in Herat to a wealthy man lecherous Jalil and Nana she was a maid at his house he had already three wives and soon ten other children sent to an isolated hovel by a tiny village near the city to live out of sight the mbarrassment with her mother The occasional visits by him were the highlight of Mariam s young life a devoted daughter with an uncaring father bitter Nana s ndless recriminations against him made for an appalling situation At 15 the girl can no longer remain and flees to Jalil who she loves above veryone nevertheless he refuses to see taken back an awful tragedy materializes Married off to a shoemaker in Kabul the capital a big man almost thirty years older Rasheed with a propensity to put women in their place his wife must dress properly outside walk behind talk to him only when asked a virtual slave in the home her main duty is to give him sonsbut her numerous pregnancies do not go to fruition The ignorant hypercritical husband is always angry beatings and scoldings become commonLaila background is very different than Mariam from another generation born and raised in Kabul the bright student to loving parents the father a former teacher bookish timid and small dismissed by the communist government an motional domineering mother with bouts of nnuidepression stays in bed many a day her two sons joined the Mujahideen but were killed by the Soviet invaders The war comes to the capital after the Russians leave warlords struggle for power starvation widespread horrendous crimes committed in the open shelling obliterated much of the city and the people thousands perished including Laila s parents in the future her teenage boyfriend Tari two years older scapes with his family to safety in Pakistan she refused to leave her father and mother still alive thenSoon alone in trouble Laila has to marry Rasheedhis wife Mariam had nursed the wounded Laila in their home It will be like before the vil commences the aging Rasheed s punching kicking slapping verbal abuse to both his wives they are cognizant of their lowly status only the son Zalmai is adored by him his daughterAziza hatedAn outstanding book about two remarkable women who ndurethey will fight back someday Like diamonds and roses hidden under bomb rubble this is a story of intense beauty and strength buried under the surface of the cruel and capricious life imposed upon two Afghani women She remembered Nana saying once that ach snowflake was a sigh heaved by an aggrieved woman somewhere in the world That all the sighs drifted up the sky gathered into clouds then broke into tiny pieces that fell silently on the people below As a reminder of how people like us suffer she d said How uietly we ndure all that falls upon us Staggeringly beautiful AmazingHeart WrenchingImportantIn a world where people tend To Make Assumptions About People And Places make assumptions about people and places on the news preconceived notions prejudice tc this book needs to be read I think a good portion of the American population hears Afghanistan and they think it is a country full or terrorists and unreasonable Muslim xtremists who all band together to plot the downfall of anyone not like them A Thousand Splendid Suns shows the progression of life in Afghanistan from the Soviet takeover in 1980s through post 911 Taliban control All of this is through the yes of two women trying to live a normal and peaceful life just like anyone in the world wants You will see that despite the xtremists and unreasonable values of some most of the Afghani people are no different than you and meHosseini is a fantastic writer Not only is the story nthralling but the way he writes is ngaging and asy to follow I was never bored or confused When I was not reading the book I was thinking about the book and could not wait to get back to it and find out what happens Sometimes you find the perfect book where the writing just falls into place with a click that happened with this one While the story takes place far away and the life discussed unusual for me he made it very approachable and understandableThe characters were great The ones I was rooting for I was REALLY rooting for The ones that I despised I REALLY hated When I get this invested in the characters it is a sure sign of a great bookI will nd with this warning while a great and interesting book it is at times difficult to read There are situations and scenarios that are upsetting and may trigger lots of motion If you are xtremely sensitive it may be difficult to make it through But if you are xtremely sensitive it may be difficult to make it through But if can I think it will be worth it in the ndIf you have not read this book yet I think you should give it a try The xperience is very likely to be A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, eye opening and To myditorKhaled here As I was reviewing my final draft of A Thousand Splendid Suns some uestions occurred to me1 Could I make the characters any less complex Despite my The Shadow Reader efforts I feel I haven t fully achieved the one dimensionality my readers seemed to love in The Kite Runner Specifically I m afraid I may have given Rassan one or two potentially sympathetic momentsarly on despite his overall abusive personality although I than make up for it I don t know whether my readers can handle that level of complexity Fortunately aside from that minor lapse with Rassan I think I managed to keep my characters and their relationships pretty simplistic although there s always room for improvement in that regard2 Do you think I included Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies enough graphic violent scenes or should I add another ten or so3 Are my characters stereotypicalnough4 Pretty clever the way I stuffed the facts of recent Afghani history into my characters dialogue whenever I could don tcha think5 Speaking of dialogue I m wondering whether I can inject a little of my agenda into the characters conversation or introspection or maybe structure the plot around it a little Any ideas6 Isn t it great that Afghanistan is such a hot topic that mediocre writers like me can make a buck by pandering to people s intellectual pretensionsWith hopes for another bestseller Khaled. Lso changes and she is compelled to accept a marriage proposal given by Mariam’s husband Rasheed It is a tale of displacement attacks beatings torture social injustice and pitiable condition of women in the contemporary Afghan socie. August 2007I was riding in a cab in Bombay recently and a bookseller on foot approached me at a traffic light with a stack of books I did my best not to look at the boy but I couldn t help it He was waving several books in my face and something caught my ye I thought my glance was discreet but he saw me look and it was game over The light turned green right then and the boy starts running with the cab yelling Memsahib Memsahib We re picking up speed I m so scared he s going to get his foot runover so I grab whatever I could from my wallet and somehow get it into his hands In return he tosses a random book at me through the window as he s getting further further away from the cab I look to see what I nded up with It was A Thousand Splendid Suns which I was planning on buying anyways The cab driver asked me how much I The Power Of A Choice ended up giving the boy A hundred and fifty rupees I said which is barely 4 The cab driver says in return You paid a hundred rupees too much Hardly I thought to myself That boy worked his butt off The best part is because the book is bootlegged it s full of typos and random fonts Love it In case Iver discuss the book with you and my recollection of the story is completely different from what you read you ll know whyJanuary 2008Read the book on my way to Vietnam a few days ago Loved it although it was missing a few pages here and there Coincidentally the friend I m traveling with brought the same book on our trip so I had access to the missing pages And another coincidence our Mekong Delta guide was carrying a copy of the Kite Runner We were like some sort of Hosseini fanclub floating down the Mekong in our longboathaha I have a few thoughts on this book I ll write them out in detail soon I m heading back to Bombay in a few daysmaybe I ll run into another bookseller on foot It s apparently becoming something of a tradition for me to trash books that are not only widely loved and praised but were specifically recommended to me by friends Khaled Hosseini s A Thousand Splended Suns I m sorry to say is going to get the same treatment Forgive me Rose Splendid Suns has been so widely read by this point I won t bother recounting the story and instead simply list my objections Hosseini seems incapable of creating characters with much depth to them EM Forster in Aspects of the Novel talks about books having round characters and flat characters with round ones being like people you d ncounter in the real world and flat ones being of caricatures used to move a book s story along The only character in Splendid Suns who approaches roundness and he s a relatively minor character is Mariam s father Jalil Everyone lse is ither a villain without any positive traits Rasheed or a hero who can do almost no wrong Laila Tari Mullah Faizullah Even when Hosseini is depicting a child who has very right to behave badly given his circumstances Zalmai he can t help but depict the child as almost The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right evil The New York Times review of Splendid Suns said Hosseini creates characters who have the simplicity and primary coloredmotions of people in a fairy tale or fable That s pretty generous of the New York Times I d say Hosseini may not be able to create three dimensional characters While I appreciate Hosseini s attempt to teach a few decades of Afghan history a history few readers likely know in much detail grafting that history onto the story of one family makes for a rather creaky novel To impart the history Hosseini goes back and forth between giving the history a rather creaky novel To impart the history Hosseini goes back and forth between giving the history third person narration in Wikipedia like prose and putting it in his characers mouths via dialogue dialogue often spoken to people who would already know the history As a result you sometimes get characters saying things like As you know the Taliban forces men to grow their beards long and women to wear burkas The cut and paste history lessons make the novel painful to read at times Hosseini routinely uses harami bastard and other

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from the characters languages in his dialogue followed by the English translation apparently in an attempt to bring readers closer to the Afghan culture But it usually feels incredibly superficial Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling especially when the words being used aren t foreign concepts but rather basic words brother sister and the like Hosseini and hisditors also seem to forget about the trope and cut back on the use of the foreign words in the book s later chapters I wish they had done the same throughout the book The relationship between Mariam and Laila feels completely artificial Mariam s initial hate for and jealousy of Laila never feels remotely justified Monsieur Pain especially given how awful her husband Rasheed is anyhow and their coming together later feels rushed and unrealistic Even after they form a friendship they never seem to grow uite closenough to fully xplain why Laila misses Mariam so much towards the novel s conclusion Hosseini fails to lay the groundwork needed to justify Laila s motions in the novel s last chapters Almost the ntire book is unrelentingly bleak Don t get me wrong I understand Afghanistan wasn t xactly Disneyland over the past few decades but I think there were lighthearted moments in the Book of Job than in Splendid Suns I don t mind reading a depressing novel but Jesus Reading Splendid Suns I kept thinking of that old workplace poster The beatings will continue until morale improvesI didn t completely hate Splendid Suns the story moved along nicely and it gave me a little insight into a culture I probably should know about but I don t think I ll be following this one with The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini probably doesn t need me as a reader though It seems he has plenty of fans I have never cried while reading a booklike I Did while reading this oneIt is the story of poor uneducated women who have to ndure the hardships of life The horrors and terrors that a lot of women have gone through during certain period in Afghanistan the war torn country and the narration through the lives of two women Mariam and LailaGoing through All kinds of Physical abuse of hitting kicking and slapping brutal beating tcStruggling the cruel Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. extremely sadistic Rasheed And suffering all kinds of violence and subjected to his shifting mood and volatile temperWitnessing the ugliness of war the fate of loved ones grieving for lost livesAnd sadly this is notxclusive to Afghan society only it is happening in many other countries The unhappy abusive marriages oppressive governments and repressive Cultural s It finds its Patrick the Wolf Boy, Volume 1 echo in varying forms in differing degrees through the different time periods across the world Thend of the novel give Some Hope In Its Last Scene After All The Violent hope in its last scene after all the violent with Laila s pregnancy Kabul rebuilding and a loving family reunion I know you re still young but I want you to understand and learn this now Marriage can wait ducation cannotAnd I also know that when this war is over Afghanistan is going to need you as much as its men maybe ven Because a society has no. The present novel “A Thousand Splendid Suns” is the author’s second novel that was published in 2007 It is primarily the story of two women Mariam and Laila Mariam happens to be an illegitimate child She has to suffer from the .
Chance of success if its women are uneducated No chance Laila fulfilled her father s dreams and he can rest in peace watching his brave daughter completing his path and teaching young Afghan children the true values and principles of Their social heritage and culture Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, educating them how they could be good citizens in the futureIn this critical age when personalities are shaped And what they learn will stay with themAnd protecting them from falling in the hands of those who would mould them to absorb hatred violence and intolerance For the last two months I have been putting off reading this book For starters I bought the book at an airport in Taiwan which meant it didn t have a due date which meant it took a backseat to many books that I didn t have the luxury of reading wheneverAdditionally because I ve heard so much about this book already I almost didn t want to read it at all I ve heard that it s depressing that it s not as good as The Kite Runner and that it s basically a novel about the brutal treatment of women in AfghanistanYou know when you read a book or see a film that has had great reviews and you finish feeling disappointed because it didn t live up to the hype Myxperience reading this book was the complete opposite I loved it I didn t feel the message of the book was one of brutality or depression but of hope and the toughness of the human spiritThere are plenty of awful scenes to lend credence to its reputation While the story s time frame spans thirty years the main focus of the novel are two woman a generation apart whose lives cross as they become the wives of the same man Rasheed The Il morto di Maigret elder Mariam was born to a servant woman out of wedlock and is raised in banishment ignorance andventual rejection during the years the Afghani government was controlled by the communists She finds herself forced to marry a much older man after her mother commits suicide Laila fifteen years younger and raised by intellectual parents nters the marriage under much different circumstances Alone after a bomb destroys her home and kills her parents and pregnant by her childhood love who has fled the country she marries Rasheed in a desperate attempt to save her unborn childThe writing ngrossed me Much like the Kite Runner Hosseini magically puts the reader in the city neighborhood and house of his characters Much to his credit I found myself torn between wanting to yell at Laila to hush up so that she d avoi It was a warm sunny day in Montenegro and I was about to set out on a boat trip I felt certain that a combination of sightseeing and the people I was with would keep me from having much time to read but I packed a book anyway just in case there was time for a chapter or two in between stops A Thousand Splendid Suns happened to be that book And at the nd of the day when I staggered off that boat blinking at my sudden xposure to reality it wasn t because I d been mesmerised by the stunning architecture and history lessons no it was because Hosseini stomped all over my heart I m not Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition even sure how I foundnough hours in the day to take a boat trip around Montenegro and read this Billionaires Contract Engagement (Kings of the Boardroom entire novel but somehow I finished this in the few hours I had simply because I had toMy initial reaction was a furious teary promise to myself that I would have to give this book five stars I think it s impossible for the mind to win a battle with the heart in that level of heatspecially when you re used to English weather But afterwards I managed to reclaim some of my sense and sanity which is when I finally began to acknowledge this book s limitations For one Thing I Think It I think it xtremely generous to place this book in the literary fiction category I am certainly no book snob give me a delicious page turner over some pretentious waffle any day but I find myself comparing A Thousand Splendid Suns to another book about a country and culture I was only vaguely familiar with The Poisonwood Bible a book which I also read on my trip The latter is a far
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ambitious work that something which to me felt ntirely fresh and original Hosseini s story on the other hand is not groundbreaking and I recognise many of the scenes and characters from other booksWhat it is however is incredibly motional sad uplifting infuriating and memorable It s lessons on the history of Afghanistan and the rise of the Taliban might be basic but they are nothing if not compelling I came away feeling like I learned something What I did learn was truly horrifying it painted details into the very vague images I already had in my mind that I had gotten from various British newspapers But I also really liked the affection for his birth country that shines through Hosseini s story his faith in the ultimate goodness of these people who witnessed society and order crumbling around themThe ultimate tragedy of this story for me is how verything could have been very different for Mariam and Laila if people had just acted a little faster stopped worrying about their pride a little arlier and trusted a little I really liked the range of motions both women xperienced and they way the author showed this I know some readers thought it was wrong for Mariam to be jealous of Laila at first but I actually really liked the complexity Rasheed may be a bastard but he was the only thing in the world that she had at that point and on some level it made sense to me that she would want to claim him for herselfWhile I believe Mariam and Laila xperienced complex Purely Sexual emotions and were well developed Rasheed did not get the same treatment a fact which I m torn about On the one hand I think Rasheed would have been a better character if he d been developed beyond him being the most villainous villain in all villaindom On the other hand I think Rasheed svil personality offers an important distinction between him and Jalil and the other men one which is needed in a book that looks at the cruelties women suffer at the hands of men The difference between Rasheed and Jalil is important The latter is a man who acts badly because his behaviour is shaped by the society he lives in Rasheed on the other hand is a mean and violent brute who completely abuses the power handed to him as a man in this society These differences between Rasheed Jalil and the other men Tari Laila s dad The West Transformed: A History of Western Civilization, Vol 1, to 1715 etc show there is not one type of man in this society that wife beating is not simply a part of the culture thatven in a patriarchal society you can choose what type of man you want to beI admit this is far from a perfect book but it is a good book It s a book that seems to swallow you whole but spit you back out in pieces And just to mention I keep intending to read The Kite Runner again because I think studying it at school ruined it for me but so far I much prefer A Thousand Splendid Suns A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled HosseiniA Thousand Splendid Suns is a 2007 novel by Afghan American author Khaled Hosseini It is his second following his bestselling 2003 debut The Kite. Tigma that surrounded her birth Not only this she has to ndure abuse throughout her marriage Laila the other major character is born a generation later She has a privileged youth Eventually when their lives intersect Laila’s fate ,

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