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Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties... Read more
Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism.
A Thousand Splendid Suns Paperback edition by Khaled Hosseini
This was a heartbreaking read. I suppose I expected it to be violent but it was shockingly moreso than I think I was prepared for. I found myself becoming quite confused trying to keep track of who the varioud characters were - some moreso than others. There are some sub plots which got a bit confusing too but I liked the descriptions of the places and I found myself imagining the situations the main characters found themselves in. I felt very sorry for both Mariam and Laila. It is a good read, although a bit too complicated for me personally. If anything, I was a little emotionally exhausted toward the end and I rushed through the last chapter or two to get to the end, I admit. It is certainly a thought provoking read.
Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and moved to the United States in 1980. His first novel, The Kite Runner, was an international bestseller, published in thirty-four countries. In 2006 he was named a US goodwill envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency. He lives in northern California.
Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.
An illustrated response to the tragic human realities of the refugee crisis presents a father's letter to his young son on the eve of a dangerous sea crossing, as he reflects on their life before the war in Syria.
When an essay is due and dreaded exams loom, this book offers students what they need to succeed. It provides chapter-by-chapter analysis, explanations of key themes, motifs and symbols, a review quiz, and essay topics. It is suitable for late-night studying and paper writing.
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