I finished A thousand splendid suns

September 4, 2007

Over this Labor Day weekend and I cannot tell you how much this book moved me, changed me and brought out so many emotions.  Amazing, simply an amazing book.  I would recommend it to anyone whether they read or not, because once you begin you will be hooked.  This book has been a part of me since I began reading and understanding just why this book has been so widely received.

A Thousand Splendid Suns debuted as the #1 book in the nation, and it held the top position for 4 straight weeks. In addition to being #1 on The New York Times hardcover fiction list, it was also #1 on nearly every national bestseller list, including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Publishers Weekly, and Fort-Wayne Journal-Gazette. It was also #1 on the overall Book Sense list as well as #1 on regional Book Sense lists across the nation.

As with his last book The Kite Runner which was also amazing, Khaled Hosseini is an amazing gifted writer!

I finished A thousand splendid suns while camping in Mohican and couldn't help but feel like I was in Afghanistan as I read through the descriptive scenery of the book.  So much to be learned through the world described by Hosseini throughout this book. 



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


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