Since Khaled Hosseini is one of my favorite writers, I decided to read yet another book of him. The book that left the biggest impression on me was the Kite runner(on which I also did a review). So when I decided to read A thousand splendid suns, I didn’t have very high expectations of it because in my view it couldn’t get any better….but Khaled Hosseini proved the opposite by writing A Thousand Splendid Suns. A story that has the same set up and background as The Kiterunner but defenitley has a better storyline. The heavy emotions and the sense of empathy that comes within you, ensures the fact that this is such a compelling story.
In the beginning I got the biggest sense of compassion for the main character Laila, because she loses her parents and her brothers during the war in Kabul. On top of that, she also loses contact with the love of her life. In order to stay alive she marries an older man from the neighbourhood who already has a wife; Mariam. She was the one who sacrified herself for Laila in order for her to escape from their man Rasheed (whom is killed by Laila and Mariam) and find Tariq, her lost love who turned out to be not dead at all. When approaching the end of the story, my sence of compassion began to grew for Mariam, because she was such a strong woman despite of all the pain she had suffered. When it turned out that the judge sentenced her to death and executed her in public, my feelings reached their peak…..causing me to even cry.
fortunately this was not the end and Khaled Hosseini managed to give this book a happy ending by ensuring the reader that Mariam was resting in peace and telling us the way Laila and Tariq are living right now: happily ever after, with their three kids in a townhouse in Kabul, where there is no more war and the conditions are improving.
A Thousand Splendid Suns is that kind of book that will thrill, challenge, inspire and open your heart in surprising ways. Also it’s easy and enjoyable to read, therefore this book is highly recommended. To highlight the difference that exists between The Kiterunner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, I found a review on the internet from The Washington Post.The writer, Jonathan Yardley, said in The Washington Post: “But just in case you’re curious, just in case you’re wondering whether in yours truly’s judgment it’s as good as The Kite Runner, here’s the answer: No. It’s better.”
I also tried to find any negative reviews to see how others reacted on this book, but that took me a lot of time and most of them couldn’t be taken seriously. I think that just says it all.