Sunday, 30 December 2012

Book Review- A Thousand Splendid Suns

Title: A Thousand Splendid Suns
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Publication Date: May 22nd 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 372

Rating: 4/5

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years—from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to the post-Taliban rebuilding—that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives—the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness—are inextricable from the history playing out around them.
 Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love—a stunning accomplishment.-Goodreads
 
The book club I'm a member of at school chose this for our first read, and as it has been on my TBR pile for a while, I was happy to read it.
This is a beautifully written novel, about hope and faith, and how we as humans cope with hardships in our life.
I found this novel very educational, as I knew very little about Afghanistan, or what had gone on there. I feel like this novel has really opened my eyes.
I really liked discovering the women's story, and how they felt during all of it, although it was brutal, it was also uplifting.
The plot was well written, it had plenty of dialogue, which told the story, and helped with your ideas of the characters. I also liked the addition of words in their native language, not English. I thought this added nicely to the setting, and to the idea that it wasn't anything like life here.
I din't like the ending quite so much, I found it quite sad, but I was also a little disappointed with the "Happily Ever After" feel to it.
Overall I enjoyed this novel, and it made me appreciate the freedom we have, and just how ignorant we are to this freedom. 

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