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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Geraldine 0 Comments

The Breakdown

  • Character development - this was outstanding!
  • The plot - I could never see what was coming next
  • The language- Hosseini writes so beautifully
  • Mmmmm I guess my only complaint is the concurrent two stories 
Rating: 5 stars
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I wasn't really expecting much when I started reading this book. I had tried reading The Kite Runner, but to no avail - I didn't get hooked onto it. However, I decided to read this after my friend had recommended it, and I was in for a huge ride.

The book starts off with Miriam, and we follow Miriam's journey. I really got a sense of maturity from Miriam, and felt pity for her when she fell upon hard times. Hosseini's description particularly moved me in Miriam's tale.

Hosseini then continues with Laila's story. Although I was initially frustrated with the change in focus to Laila, after having been hooked on with Miriam's story, Hosseini gives a real depth to Laila, and eventually I grew to treasure Laila's story as much as Miriam's story.

Hosseini intertwines these two girls' stories beautifully. Not only did his vivid, appealing description of Kabul and these girls' circumstances keep me reading, but also the plot twists in the book. His characters are not stereotyped, and there is a real nuance in them. These characters all appeal to the characters in some way, and really make for an interesting story.

For me, I loved how this book opened my eyes regarding the political situation in Afghanistan. I had no idea what happened in Afghanistan at the turn of the 20th and 21st century, and I loved how Hosseini used Miriam and Laila as vehicles to explore this.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone - in fact, I already have, and my friends who have read it have all loved it!

Keep reading and loving books,

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