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Overview: A Thousand Splendid Suns

This book is a super powerful book!

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini is a post-colonial novel that relates to the times of political strife in Afghanistan during the 1960s-2000s. It tells the impact of war and political strife on the personal lives of the people of Afghanistan. It deals with the themes of war, women’s abuse, illiteracy, parental love, and most importantly post-colonialism.

One of the protagonists is an illegitimate child, Mariam, who lives on the outskirts of Herat. Even though her father is very rich but he cannot accept her and her mother due to the criticism which will follow this action. The series of tragedies that Mariam has to suffer include the suicide of her mother, the marriage to a widowed shoemaker Rasheed, the miscarriage of her child, and the immense mental and physical abuse at the hands of her husband…

Two young girls turned women with one husband. Taliban rule. Marital Abuse. Afghanistan –This book revolves around these themes. This is one book that will make you experience different levels of emotions from awwww to ohhhh. Khaled’s books are like that.

And The Mountains Echoed and The Kite Runner are other bestsellers by Khaled that will definitely pull at your heartstrings.


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