A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini Book Summary

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love. 

After 103 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and with four million copies of The Kite Runner shipped, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today.

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.
A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.

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- Navigation5 star

The characters of this novel are exquisitely To even begin to understand the horrors that were experienced is heart wrenching. I highly recommend this book that navigates so many levels of loss and love.

- MUST READ!!!5 star

I had to read this for a high school class I was in. A Thousand Splendid Suns had definitely became one of my favourite books. I’ve reread this book three times. Highly recommend this book to everyone I know. It can be hard to get through because of how heart wrenching some situations are. Please keep reading during those moments. Writing your thoughts down while reading is also something I recommend for this book and any book in general.

- Must-Read5 star

One of my favorite books of all time.

- Will Never Stop Thinking about this book5 star

Read this for a class In college. Funny enough the author attended my college and had my English teacher as his teacher, so amazing. This book was by far the best book I’ve read in years. I couldn’t put it down and each character felt so real and important to me. I thought about it everyday when I wasn’t reading it. Now I’m reading The Kite Runner because of how much I enjoyed A Thousand Splendid Suns.

- Breathtaking5 star

This is a book I will truly never forget. It took me on such a rollercoaster of emotions. Beautifully written.

- Couldn’t put it down5 star

Well written. You fall in love with the characters. Makes you want to explore other cultures.

- A thousand Suns5 star

Well written, so deep and understanding of the Afghan culture.

- Amazing5 star

Best book ever! Ending was so sweet❤️

- Thank you Khalid Hosseini !5 star

This is such a beautiful and inspired book, I am so grateful to the author for producing this gem. It is not only a riveting storyline but a historic experience for the reader. This is my third book over several years by this talented author. I hope to read another soon.

- Review5 star

Great story

- Hard to put down!5 star

This is now one of my favorite books! Some parts were predictable only because you know somethings are too good to be true for his characters. It brings real insight into the problems of Afghanistan and the oppression of women. I highly recommend reading this book! I also loved Kite Runner, but this one was my favorite!!

- Perfect5 star

I’m touched beyond words having read this beautiful story.

- Heartwrenching5 star

This books allows readers to experience the abuse woman go through in the Middle East, it also gives readers an insights on war from an Afghans perspective. It's heartbreaking and gut twisting. It's not a book for those with a faint heart and fragile emotional capacity. It will leave you crying and enlightened.

- Favorite of all time5 star

I have re-read this book about once a year for nearly a decade. Only of the most beautiful and moving stories ever, told through a compelling and gripping plot. A fascinating cultural study of a nation, spanning decades and speckled with real historical events that seem to make the story even more personal. My all time favorite, worth every read!

- A Thousand Splendid Suns5 star

One of the very best books I have ever read. Highly recommended.

- Predictable3 star

After reading this book, I wouldn’t lie in saying it was a good read.. how ever I feel it was very predictable. The author would always have something really good happen, but with the opposite event happening on the very next page. It’s pretty depressing. Because of that you could always guess what’s going to happen.. and it would :( I recommend it, how ever, for its history of Afghanistan and it was a good read over all.

- A thousand splendid suns5 star

The best book I’ve read in years

- ❤️5 star

Great book!

- A must read!5 star

This novel is nothing short of amazing. It is well-written, real, dark, passionate. Easily one of the best! I️ am completely moved by the story. It will change your heart!

- Outstanding!!!5 star

Although I had to read this for school, I enjoyed it so much; I couldn't even put the book down! I would read for hours and stay up at night just to know what happened next! I would definitely reccomend this book.

- kakietale5 star

i thought this was an incredible book i couldn't put it down. this isn't the type of book i normally pick up but i would recommend this to anyone and everyone. it really opened my eyes to the hardships people face everyday. she wrote this book fantastically!! great read

- Loved the book from the beginning to the very end5 star

I had to read this book for college. I hate reading but this book got me very attached to the characters. It's definitely worth 5 stars and worth a read! I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

- Wonderful yet heartbreaking5 star

This book was a quite different read from what I'm used to. I stepped outside my comfort zone and I have never been happier about it. I was able to experience another world from my own through the writers words. It was so beautifully written. Wonderful story. Heartwarming and heartbreaking. A balance of life and death, struggle and perseverance, love and hate. I loved it.

- WOW5 star

Outstanding novel. I learned so much about such an eclectic culture. Really loved the switches in narrative. A recommended read for every single person.

- A thousand splendid suns: Undestanding relationships4 star

This book keeps the reader captivated from start to finish while teaching the reader about Afghanistan and its culture. You can feel the love and hatred and how it envelopes the characters so that you feel what they do. There is no better book that places you in the character's shoes than A Thousand Splendid Suns.

- Absolutely Amazing5 star


- Fantastic5 star

Unexpectedly great read

- A million thumbs up 👍🏼5 star

This story is touching yet haunting. I was so eager to find out if Laila and Tariq would eventually see each other again. I could not put the book down! The story makes you feel mixed emotions, romance, hatred, revenge. It has some jaw dropping moments that make you want to read more! Absolutely my favorite book I've ever read! You won't regret buying it!

- Amazing book5 star

I recommend this book

- An assignment turned into a page turner5 star

I had to read this book for a class, at first it was just like 'ugh I don't want to read this,' 'this is boring,' but then I started to really really enjoy it. It helps to know a little bit about the society and culture before just diving right in, although KH does a great job a making things pretty clear. It's a fantastic book and if you have any slight interest in the 'Middle Eastern' culture and the society of Muslim religion or of the timeline, I highly recommend this book for you.

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- And that's what reading a book should feel like!5 star

It's been a long time since I enjoyed a book this much. It was tremendously difficult to put down. It started off strong and I kept thinking, okay, no way he can keep this up...soon, very soon it's going to turn...it's going to get tedious or repetitive, but alas, much to my dismay it was not only maintaining my interest but possibly getting better. I would recommend this book to all those who are not simply looking for a great story but a great storyteller. The imagery was exceptional. I truly felt transported. The story made real the plight of Afghanistan. You had the feeling that even though it is a fictional tale there's so much truth in it...there are those who've lived these lives...and my heart goes out to them.

- Well Written - Couldn't Put It Down5 star

Such a great book - not only for the women of Afghanistan but all women everywhere can relate. Must read.

- Outstanding!5 star

I read this in a day. Could not put it down and it did not disappoint.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns5 star

I completed this compelling novel a few days after celebrating the 4th of July, and during the fireworks and afterwards when safely in my home hearing them near and far, I thought how blessed we are to live in a country where we're celebrating with colorful blasts of sight and sound, rather than in a country that decimates and conquers with bombs and rockets. I reflected that I didn't worry about those sounds, but if I lived in some other lands, such as the countries and situations described in this story, I would fear for the lives of my loved ones. This is a timely story with characters who spur tears, anger, fear, sympathy, and admiration. During several scenes, I read with bated breath in anticipation, and others, sadness over situations. The characters are very real, and I will not be able to hear news of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq again without new feelings for the plight of many. I strongly, strongly recommend this novel to those who love suspense, romantic interludes, conflict, ... and above all, an extraordinarily written and woven story, down to the final paragraph. Kudos to Khomed Hosseini. And I thank God I'm a woman in the United States of America.

- Great book5 star

I am a big fan of the author from his previous book, kite runner. I loved how he tell an excellent detail of how the people go the through decades of horror and then at the end there was a great relief for the people and their country

- Touching story5 star

A heart wrenching story which talks about the plight of afghan women, their sufferings, sorrows, short-lived joys & their painful life

- LOVE IT!5 star

It was assigned to my AP English class when I was in HS & thought it was going to be another boring book but I could not keep my hands off it. I remembered staying up all night just to finish a chapter & crying when the girls were fighting. It's just an amazing book overall. Can't wait to reread it.

- Amazing story5 star

What a compelling story. Khaled Hosseini is a great story teller. A great insight into the lives of afghani women. Stories like this make me appreciate my life and take nothing for granted.

- A great book5 star

I loved the book & more than anything I just have to admire the author's writing & how it flows smoothly & makes you just can't stop reading

- A Thousand Splendid Suns5 star

This book is writing artistry. I felt a real connection to the characters and the story even though my own life has been so dissimilar. I was riveted for the hours it took to complete the story which made me even more grateful for so many things. I am looking forward to this author's next book.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns5 star

A book that is both difficult to read and yet compelling. The weaving of lives, hopes, dreams, despair, unimaginable pain and suffering. In the end, it is about love.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns5 star

A very powerful and touching story. I loved it so much!!

- khal5 star

one of my favorite books by far. it was so good, I couldn't put the book down

- A thousand Splendid Suns5 star

This is one of the best books I have ever read. I finished it yesterday. One thing I learnt was that u should never under estimate the power of a woman. I also love the other book called Kite Runner, it's also amazing

- So tired...5 star

I started reading this at 10 PM and finished it at 7 AM. I couldn't put the book down, so I read it through the night with my heart pounding. The characters are now a permanent part of my life.

- The strength of women5 star

One will never understand a woman's strength of character. This book attempts to define it and succeeded.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns5 star

Very powerful book and gives a life changing perspective about the Afghanistan war. Very personal story and truly heart wrenching.

- I named my first daughter Laila because of this book5 star

The spirit he imbues his characters with is a truly special gift.

- Best book!5 star

This is one of the best books I've ever read. I read it about a year ago and finished in 1 week, now I'm rereading it! It's beautifully written.

- A thousand splendid suns5 star

One of the most beautiful books ever written. I was actually depressed when I was finished, I wanted more! I could not bring myself to read another book for several weeks after this one - I feared whatever was next was sure to be a disappointment. Highly recommended, cannot wait until the author's next book is released next year.

- Best book5 star

I loved this book. I would stay up all night reading this book when I had to go to work next day. It's a great story mixed with good amount of history. Perfect book for any women to read.

- A thousand splendid suns4 star

Great book, takes a while to get interesting but once it does it is pretty hard to put it down. Depressing story yet touching to know stuff like this is actually true. It was a little confusing, and you really need to focus on what happens through out the book. A lot of characters but they are mainly minors. About 7-8 main characters and the only ones you really need to know or focus on. (:

- A Thousand Splendid Suns5 star

Definitely a page turner. I never wanted to put it down.

- Superb!!5 star

I literally could not stop reading this book....during class,after class,during breaks,while I was at home ....this is a such an intense story!!! MUST READ

- Tears of joy and sorrow4 star

What a wonderfully written story. It is wonderful to be able to see into other peoples cultures and countries. I loved this book.

- A Thousand Splendid Suns5 star

A splendid read. I read The Kite Runner a bit ago and will continue to read the works of this fantastic author.

- Splendid Read...5 star

This book was suggested to me by a friend and while I had little appreciation or knowledge of Afghani culture; this read was thrilling, informative and heavily entertaining. I could hardly put the book down. The lives of the characters were interwoven masterfully and while much of this story is tragic, the resilience and integrity of these characters yield a sense of hope that transcended the pages and found a way into my own life.

- Wonderful Book5 star

A beautifully written story. Amazing to see another view into a world I had misconceptions about. As a woman, it is deeply moving. I will definitely recommend this book!

- Instant favorite5 star

An amazing story, that is an emotional roller-coaster, filled with wonderful imagery and detailed description, and most of all the great connection you attain with many of the main characters. Phenomenal.

- 0 Stars1 star

Pretty Darn boring in my opinion. Although the few sexual parts and the mention of playboy like magazines intrigued me for about 5 seconds. Not worth 13 dollars.

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