I received Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns TWO CHRISTMASES AGO from my lovely little friend Kristen. I want to say a belated THANKS KRISTEN, because I finally read it and I wish I had read it sooner. I can’t really explain my hesitation; my only thought is that perhaps I was worried it wouldn’t compare to The Kite Runner, which was absolutely stunning. It must have been really intimidating for Hosseini to have to follow-up on that huge success. But what a job he did! I was incredibly moved by A Thousand Splendid Suns. It was as uplifting as much as it was tragic.
I think one of the reasons I enjoyed this novel was that Hosseini turned his storytelling to several generations of women: growing, learning, and loving during the past 30 years of Afghanistan history. This country in turmoil is an excellent backdrop to examine what makes each of us alike and each of us human. The struggle these women had to go through to find happiness, and the surprising places they found it, made A Thousand Splendid Suns remarkably profound.
I usually give a clearer plot summary, but I don’t think I could do this book justice, and I think you should just read it yourself!