A thousand Splendid Suns

Ben Thomas By Ben Thomas, 29th Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A thousand Splendid Suns, written by Khaled Hosseini- One of the books that really rekindled my spirit.


This book is written by Khaled Hosseini, his second novel after “The Kite Runner”, the story he portrays in this book is on Afghani women on how they’re treated today, many of us have this perspective that Afghanistan always used to be a country with “Horrific” restrictions on people especially on women and girls. Well, Afghanistan was once a free nation, they did enjoy Human rights and people lived a happy life until the Taliban took over and ruined every corner of Afghanistan, it’s a story that would really put you in darkness because it did the same to me.

It is a breathtaking story, which begins with a young girl Mariam who is an illegitimate child born out of wedlock and the torture she faced, even before she could mature, as a teen she was married off to a man named Rasheed who not only beat her but treated her as if she was nothing. She didn’t have her say, wasn’t allowed to speak or convey her feelings, when she couldn’t bear him (Rasheed) a child (son), she was ignored. Another character Laila in this story is a beautiful and intelligent girl coming from a family in which the father is university-educated and a teacher. She loses her parents in a tragic blast and she is obliged to get married to Rasheed.

This novel focuses more on these two women with off course many characters involved here, Mariam and Laila, wouldn’t get along well initially but in the end, Laila is like a daughter to Mariam and what these two incredible women go through pricks the heart of every reader.

A must read...


Afghanistan, Khaled Hosseini, Women Discrimination

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author avatar Ben Thomas
I was born and raised in Dubai (Middle East), I used to work as a presales specialist at Thomson Reuters, India and currently live in Toronto, Canada.

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