Monday, 26 May 2014

"A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini | Review

SOURCE: Bought
TYPE: Hardback

TITLE: A Thousand Splendid Suns

AUTHOR: Khaled Hosseini
PAGES: 367



Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move people to act in unexpected wats, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with startling heroism.

Having read Hosseini's "The Kite Runner", I was expecting big things from this book and I definitely wasn't disappointing. Hosseini's characterisation is brilliant. Everything that happens to the two female protagonists you really feel, and his representation of women in an oppressive society makes a very bold statement. "The Kite Runner" was a male dominated book but this is definitely all about the girls, even though there still are a large number of male characters. The writing style is flowing and gives enough information to paint a picture without being waffly or dragging on and boring you half to death. The settings are presented in a believable way, as are the characters which opened my eyes to the poor treatment of people in a different culture to my own. 
I find these kinds of books really interesting to read, and they've really made me stop and think how lucky I am to be where I am in the world. 

I loved the novel as a whole but hated some aspects of it. Firstly, I strongly dislike Rasheed as he is probably the most infuriating character in the world. Hosseini's portrayal of him is very much a daring and probably pretty accurate one in some cases. 
I also didn't much like how someone I grew to love died, and I felt the ending was a little bit anticlimactic, although it did tie together all the ends really well.

I gave this novel 4/5 stars on Goodreads, as I did love it a lot but I didn't think it was as good as "The Kite Runner" (which I gave five stars). I'd definitely recommend that people read the both of these books though, as you get a sense of perspective from both genders and they both really make you think. 

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