A Thousand Splendid Suns****
‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ is a novel written by my all time favourite writer ‘Khaled Hosseini’. The title of
the book comes from a line in the Josephine Davis translation of the poem "Kabul", by the 17th-century Iranian poet Saib Tabrizi:
The book was published by RIVEKHEAD BOOKS, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Library of Congress Cataloging in Publications Data Hosseini, Khaled. A thousand splendid suns/Khaled Hosseini
ISBN: 1 4295 1460 4
I rate this book with four out of five stars.
The writing is absolutely beautiful. The pictures he paints with his words are so vivid that everything from the fun everyday life to the squalor that war brings to the ordinary person just flashes before your eyes like a movie.
ABSTRACT OF THE NOVEL
Part Two begins with the introduction of Laila, a girl growing up in
After recovering from her injuries, Laila discovers that she is pregnant with Tariq's child. The news of Tariq’s death reaches to the ears of Laila. She in orde to give a name to Tariq’s only memory with her agrees to marry Rasheed, who is eager to have a young and attractive second wife, and desires to fulfill his want of having a son with her. When Laila gives birth to a daughter, Aziza, Rasheed is displeased and suspicious, and he soon becomes abusive towards Laila also. Mariam and Laila eventually become confidants and best friends as they both are facing the cruelity of their husband. Laila plans to run away with her daughter and later on includes Marium in it after developing the strongest bond one could ever possess. They almost were about leave
A few years later, Zalmai, Rasheed's son is born of Laila. By that time, the political situation grows worse in Afghanistan and the Taliban rises to power and certain imposition in the society comes into existence. Harsh rules on the Afghan population like prohibiting women from appearing in public without a male relative become prevalent. Drought draws the whole scenario to another level of torture and living conditions in
The story suffers a somersault when Tariq appears outside the house resulting the reunite of Laila and him. When Rasheed returns home from work, Zalmai, who is very fond of his father, informs him about the visitor. Rasheed starts to savagely beat Laila. He nearly strangles her to death, but Mariam intervenes and with all her guts, kill Rasheed with a shovel. Afterwards, Mariam confesses to killing Rasheed in order to draw attention away from Laila and Tariq, giving her loyalty proof towards their bond and is publicly executed as a punishment, while Laila and Tariq to escape any further troubles and complications leave for
After the fall of the Taliban, Laila and Tariq return to