Book Review : A Thousand Splendid Suns


       After “Kite Runner” and “Who moved my cheese?” I have completed more 2 books “Angels and Demons” written by Dan Brown and “The Thousand Splendid Suns” written by Khaled Hosseini but didn’t get time to write about my view on same.

        One of my friends, Tina, commented on “The Kite Runner” post that if you enjoyed this book you will definitely love “A thousand splendid suns” and she was right. “A Thousand Splendid Suns” is marvelous book. Someone told that “You can’t avoid pain…you can only deal with it! In some cases, you have to learn to deal with it first!” and same as Kite Runner, Khaled deals with Pain in “A Thousand Splendid Suns”.  This book also contains lots of dark part and really great material for literature student.

        Like Kite Runner focused on relationship between Father and Son,  friendship between Man, “A Thousand Splendid Sun” focuses on relationship between Mother and Daughter, Friendship between Woman. Author described situation of Woman from Afghanistan at the time of Russian rule to Taliban rule to Free Afghanistan.

        The novel is divided into four parts. The first part focuses exclusively on Mariam, the second and fourth parts focus on Laila, and the third part switches focus between Mariam and Laila with each chapter. Novel starts with Mariam’s life with her mother, Nana – who used to be a servant in Jalil’s house and had an affair with him, and his father, Jalil – wealthy man who had three wives before he had an affair with Nana. After death of Nana, Jalil forced to Mariam for marriage and arranged her marriage with Rasheed, an ethnic Pashtu guy. Novels moves life of all characters as ruling of Afghanistan changed from Russian to Taliban. In those Periods, Rasheed again marry to Laila, an ethnic Tajik beautiful girl. Laila’s life becomes tied to life of Mariam when she marries Rasheed as his second wife. Author gradually developed friendship between Mariam and Laila.

Some part of book:

  • One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls
  • A society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated…
  • Behind every trial and sorrow that He makes us shoulder, God has a reason.
  • Marriage can wait, education cannot.
  • A man’s heart is a wretched, wretched thing. It isn’t like a mother’s womb. It won’t bleed. It won’t stretch to make room for you.
  • Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.
  • Perhaps this is just punishment for those who have been heartless, to understand only when nothing can be undone.
  • And the past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and its accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion. And whenever those twin poisonous flowers began to sprout in the parched land of that field, Mariam uprooted them.
  • Like a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always.
  • And the past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and its accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion.

As per me, this book is perfect material for literature student. I am giving 4/5 to this back.

Book Details:

A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Name: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Language: English

Genre: Novel

Buy: Amazon

About Book: By Author

!!! Enjoy Reading !!!

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7 Responses to Book Review : A Thousand Splendid Suns

  1. Pingback: Book Review : Burning Sapphires | Ujval's Lounge

  2. Avdhoota says:

    A very nice tale about an afghani woman.

    • shahujvaln says:

      Right… Very Nice tale… Khaled written very well about Woman (specially Afghan Woman) and shows how life turns up and down of Mariam and Lila in very fascinating way..

      Hats off the Khaled.. “A Thousand Splendid Sun” and “Kite Runner” both are marvelous book and perfect for literature. If you like “A Thousand Splendid Sun” and haven’t read “Kite Runner” then go and read it. I am sure, you will like it.

      Thanks for Visiting and commenting.. Keep Visiting…

  3. oilers91 says:


    I was wondering if you knew the page numbers to the quotations you posted. I have the paperback copy of the novel so if you knew the pages numbers for that copy it would be greatly apperciated.

    • shahujvaln says:


      Thanks for the Visit. Actually right now, I haven’t page numbers whenever I will get time, I will update the post as well as you.

      I will take care of it in my review also. Thanks for good suggestion.

  4. nice review… i agree this is a great book! every page of it matters 🙂

    • shahujvaln says:


      Welcome to my Lounge… and Thanks for comment… I checked out your blog… Its also very good and rich in terms of content…

      Keep Blogging 🙂

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