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A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini


Published: June 2008
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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.


Still a great author


This is the third book I've read by this author and each one is as gripping as the last

Minto Australia


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


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.



This is the third copy I have bought


Hard to put down

Tweed Heads NSW


A Snapshot into the reality of Kabul


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.



One of the most amazing reads


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!!!

where i live


One of my favourites!


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

Queensland, Australia


a breathtaking book about adversity


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

Wollongong, NSW


quiet start that sped up


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.



Heartbreakingly vivid


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!

Darwin, NT


A Thousand Splendid Suns

4.8 9


'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
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1