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A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini

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Winner of British Book Awards: Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year Award 2008.

Shortlisted for Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2009 and

British Book Awards: Reader's Digest Author of the Year Award 2008 and

British Book Awards: Sainsbury's Popular Fiction Award 2008.

Product Description

"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 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.

About the Author

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and moved to the United States in 1980. His first novel, The Kite Runner, was an international bestseller, published in thirty-four countries. In 2006 he was named a US goodwill envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency. He lives in northern California.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns
 
4.8

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Pros

  • Thought provoking (7)
  • Deserves multiple readings (3)
  • Easy to read (3)

Cons

  • Controversial (6)

Best Uses

  • Older readers (6)
  • Gift (5)
  • Travel reading (4)
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    • Bookworm (4), Everyday reader (3)

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5.0

You won't put it down!!! And grab the tissues!

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from Australia

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Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about A Thousand Splendid Suns:

    A fabulous storyline, engaging characters and a relevance to broadening our mindset of other cultures and the reality of living in a different time and country.

     
    4.0

    This is the third copy I have bought

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    from Tweed Heads NSW

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    Pros

    • Appropriate For School
    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Great For Any Age
    • Promotes Good Values
    • Thought Provoking

    Cons

    • Controversial

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about A Thousand Splendid Suns:

    Hard to put down

     
    4.0

    A Snapshot into the reality of Kabul

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    from Melbourne Australia

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    Pros

    • Easy To Read
    • Gender Inequality
    • Thought Provoking
    • Timeless

    Cons

    • Controversial
    • Stark Reality

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Travel Reading
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about A Thousand Splendid Suns:

    A stark record of the role women have been forced to take in Afghanistan and a very readable historical account of their ongoing persecution throughout the Russian invasion, the shocking Taliban tyranny and eventual liberation to face an uncertain future.

    I learnt a lot from this book yet my lesson did not detract from the very human story of love and acceptance. It left me wondering just how much suffering a people can take and when, if ever, women will be treated as equals in this unbalanced and ultimately cruel world.

     
    5.0

    One of the most amazing reads

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    from where i live

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    Pros

    • Amazing
    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Inspirational
    • One Of Best Reads Ever
    • Thought Provoking
    • Very Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers

      Comments about A Thousand Splendid Suns:

      Nothing bad to say about it, it was all good. AMAZING BOOK!!! It had so much drama and was so touching - I loved every word!!!

       
      5.0

      One of my favourites!

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      from Queensland, Australia

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      Pros

      • Thought Provoking
      • Timeless

      Cons

      • Controversial

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Travel Reading

      Comments about A Thousand Splendid Suns:

      Fantastic Book! If you love stories about strong women, this is the one for you.

       
      5.0

      a breathtaking book about adversity

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      from Wollongong, NSW

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      Pros

      • A Must Read For Woman
      • Thought Provoking

      Cons

      • Controversial
      • Emotional Story Of Life

      Best Uses

      • Especially for women
      • Older Readers

      Comments about A Thousand Splendid Suns:

      This book was readily available, well priced and delivered expediently.

       
      5.0

      quiet start that sped up

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      from brisbane

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      Pros

      • Thought Provoking

      Cons

      • Controversial

      Best Uses

      • Older Readers

      Comments about A Thousand Splendid Suns:

      Have nephew serving in Afghanistan and this helped me put some perspective on both the history and the culture that has led to his being there. I am amazed the author is male, he writes so perceptively with a female voice. It made me want to visit the country to understand the love for it that the characters display. It called up every emotion, fear, joy, extreme anger, frustration, despair and hope. I finished exhausted. Now to buy copies for my friends.

       
      5.0

      Heartbreakingly vivid

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      from Darwin, NT

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      Pros

      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Read
      • Thought Provoking

      Cons

      • Controversial

      Best Uses

      • Older Readers

      Comments about A Thousand Splendid Suns:

      Although the author is a male, you wouldn't know. He seems to understand both genders' emotions very well and their driving forces. This book opened my eyes (more) to the Afgans' way of life and their enduring love for their country. I could not put it down!

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      'In case you're wondering whether A Thousand Splendid Suns is as good as The Kite Runner, here's the answer: No. It's better' Washington Post 'Only the hardest of hearts could fail to be as moved' Glamour 'A masterful narrative ... He is a storyteller of dizzying power' Evening Standard 'Hosseini has that rare thing, a Dickensian knack for storytelling' Daily Telegraph

      Khaled Hosseini

      Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and moved to the United States in 1980. His first novel, "The Kite Runner", was an international bestseller, published in forty countries.

      Hosseini is a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

      Visit Khaled Hosseini's Booktopia Author Page


      ISBN: 9780747585893
      ISBN-10: 074758589X
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 432
      Published: June 2008
      Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0  x 2.6
      Weight (kg): 0.29
      Edition Number: 1