Mariam is only 15 when she is sent from the provinces to Kabul. She must marry to the shoemaker Rashid, who is much older than herself. Some years later the similar fate experienced Laila, a girl from the neighborhood. She became Rashid second wife after her family was killed in a bombing. After a brief and mutual distrust, Mariam and Laila become close friends. Together they try to resist Rashid brutality and plan to escape ...
Khaled Hosseini writes his first novel, "The Kite Runner", in 2001. Very soon, this book became an international bestseller. He writes it in the narrative tradition of his homeland, using his childhood experiences. Born in 1965, the son of a diplomat and a teacher in Kabul Khaled Hosseini is racing with 4 more siblings. He knows the Afghanistan before the war with the Taliban and USSR.
The writing style of Khaled Hosseini is beautifully poetic. The book gives you a special touch of great emotions and it never seems too long or extravagant. An almost unbearable tension is guaranteed from the first to the last pages. The plot is realistic and intensive. But I find that this has been good.
The history of Afghanistan is treated heavily in this novel. However, the story is set in contrast to "The Kite Runner" solely in one country. It is clear that this was a matter of the heart of the author.
He wants to on the suffering that his country and its people has befallen there during the war years and still happens, raise awareness and a realistic impression of an earlier - give life in Afghanistan, almost no one can imagine today - more beautiful.
It is cruel to read, as has been destroyed in Afghanistan following the change of everything (from cultural heritage to museums) and cruel, inhuman laws were established.
A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of the best books that I can ever read. It's hard to describe how exciting, thrilling, moving and emotional it is. No wonder that the film rights have already been sold for this novel. "A Thousand Splendid Suns" is a touching appeal to love.