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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.

Book 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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5.0

One of the most amazing reads

By sum1

from where i live

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

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    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!!!

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    5.0

    One of my favourites!

    By Evie BlackCat

    from Queensland, Australia

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    Pros

    • Thought Provoking
    • Timeless

    Cons

    • Controversial

    Best Uses

    • Gift
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    • Travel Reading

    Comments about A Thousand Splendid Suns:

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

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    5.0

    a breathtaking book about adversity

    By K2

    from Wollongong, NSW

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    Pros

    • A Must Read For Woman
    • Thought Provoking

    Cons

    • Controversial
    • Emotional Story Of Life

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    • Especially for women
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    Comments about A Thousand Splendid Suns:

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

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    5.0

    quiet start that sped up

    By Denham

    from brisbane

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    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.

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    5.0

    Heartbreakingly vivid

    By KEW

    from Darwin, NT

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Thought Provoking

    Cons

    • Controversial

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    • 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

    ISBN: 9780747585893
    ISBN-10: 074758589X
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 432
    Published: June 2008
    Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0  x 3.1
    Weight (kg): 0.29

    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