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    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A most interesting story. Mr. Hosseini has woven a story that few of us in North America have intimate knowledge. The lives of women in Afghanistan is so different from that with which we are familiar. The changes through the different regimes between 1959 to after the fall of Osama bin Laden radically changed life for all of Afghanistan but particularly for women. Mariam is the illegitimate daughter of Jalil and in the honour/shame environment of the 1960s she and her mother are nothing but an embarrassment to Jalil and as such are cared for modestly in a home in a remote settlement of Herat. Jalil visits his daughter and seems to genuinely care for her but is unable or unwilling to take her into his home with his other wives and children. When Mariam’s mother dies she is quickly married off to a man more that twice her age from Kabul. Mariam’s soon changes as Rasheed insists on her wearing a burqa and not going out alone in public. When she is unable to successfully bear a child for Rasheed he changes. Through this the Soviets occupy Afghanistan and are then expelled. Life becomes even more desperate as the factions of the Afghan forces fall apart. Through this two neighbourhood children Tariq and Laila become close friends. Events see Tariq’s family flee for the safety of Pakistan leaving Laila alone with her family. The war progress and Laila finds herself alone after a rocket attack. The story then progresses with the lives of these two women and the extent to which they will go to protect not only themselves but the children which Laila has produced. The subjugation of women illustrated in the story is not something that many are familiar with in North America and in fact in much of the western world. The reality is stunning and eye opening. I found that I wanted the women to rebel to fight back against the tyranny of those around them individually and collectively.
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    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    This story was gripping and intense. A fantastic rendition of refugee suffering and Afghan lifestyle. Could not put it down!
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    Simply amazing!

    I learned so much about the wars that have gone on for decades or more and as always there are the people who wage wars for whatever their cause and there are those who are the innocent bystanders who are just trying to stay out of the line of fire Beautifly written. One of those books you cant wait to get back to.
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    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    Simply written, with a powerful content. Khabul and Afganistan during the perilous times inflict themselves primarily upon the women. I was almost unable at times to stop reading it, yet at other times finding a few moments to oick it up.
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    Breathtaking and heartbreaking

    A beautifully written insight about the toll of modern wars suffered by the people of Afghanistan, told through the perspective of two strong female characters.
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