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A Thousand Splendid Suns

by Khaled Hosseini (FIC HOSSEINI)
cover: A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Four stars
    Put this on your must read list!
    7.510. Learn this now and learn it well. Like a compass facing north, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. I knew these past two weeks were going to be very busy for me, so I decided to start a shorter novel. It was recommended to me by my mom, and, as I'm not too big on historical fiction that's the best way I can categorize it, I didn't expect to enjoy it too much. However, I found myself being dragged into Mariam and Leila's stories and seeing their world along with them just as vividly as I would have in any fantasy novel. Like the characters, I never truly felt safe wherever I was, and at the most climactic point of the book avoiding spoilers, here! it felt as if I was fearing for my own life as well as Mariam's. The prose is good, and I enjoyed the writing style the characters are acceptable, and as much as I like fleshing out side characters I understand why this didn't occur. Overall, the injustice in Afghanistan's society was portrayed powerfully by Hosseini, and I would definitely reread this book. Bookshelf worthy!
    Victoria H Grade 12
  • Five stars
    Read this book right now & tell all your friends!
    Not the sort of book one would read to cheer themselves up, but wonderfully thought-provoking and well-crafted. A Thousand Splendid Suns offers a much-needed glimpse into the unjust lives of women living in Afghanistan.
    Jasmine Y 15