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It's difficult to imagine a harder first act to follow than The Kite Runner: a debut novel by an unknown writer about a country many readers knew little about that has gone on to have over four million copies in print worldwide. But when preview copies of Khaled Hosseini's second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, started circulating at Amazon, readers reacted with a unanimous enthusiasm that few of us could remember seeing before. As special as The Kite Runner was, those readers said, A Thousand Splendid Suns is more so, bringing Hosseini's compassionate storytelling and his sense of personal and national tragedy to a tale of two women that is weighted equally with despair and grave hope.
Atossa Leoni, who is German-born of Afghan ancestry, was clearly chosen because she can pronounce all the Afghan words—a big plus, but it's the only plus in this bad reading. Dropping her voice on the last word of every sentence, her phrasing is regularly rendered ungrammatical by breaks at the wrong points. Her narrow vocal range makes for a dull and often difficult listening experience. Despite the reader, the book holds the listener thanks to Hosseini's riveting story—an in-depth exploration of Afghan society in the three decades of anti-Soviet jihad, civil war and Taliban cruelty. He impels us to empathize with and admire those most victimized by Afghan history and culture—women. Mariam, a 15-year-old bastard whose mother commits suicide, is married off to 40-year-old Rasheed, who abuses her brutally, especially after she has several miscarriages. At 60, Rasheed takes in 14-year-old Laila, whose parents were blown up by stray bombs. He soon turns violent with her. Although Laila is united with her childhood beloved, the potential return of the Taliban always shadows their happiness.
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One of my favourite books I thought it was better than the kite runnerPublished 1 month ago by Jenny Lichtenwald
i learned so much about the middle east....an easy flowing tale of hardships and courage..loved it!Published 2 months ago by joan levesque
The author brought the characters to life! Excellent book, I couldn't put it down!Published 3 months ago by Glenda barrington
This story is one of the most moving ones I have ever read! I discovered this author recently when I read The Kite Runner and I completely fell in love with his book! Read morePublished 3 months ago by nathaliedubois
I loved Hosseini's other book: Kite Runner. This one was also powerful, well written and such a poignant story.Published 5 months ago by CM
Excellent and informative book.cannot but help our understanding of such recent history .Published 5 months ago by cook