Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns

This being my first post, I wanted to start out with a book that had a huge impact on me.

I am sure most of the book lovers out there would have already read this book or would have plans to do so. This gem of a book which is set in Afghanistan is about the sufferings that two women undergo with an abusive husband and the takeover of the Taliban in their country. Mariam, who is an illegitimate child has to undergo a lot of social stigma for no fault of hers and this continues throughout her marriage as well. Enter Laila, the girl who lives next door and is much younger than Mariam. After a few hiccups in their relationship, she assumes the role of a guardian to Laila and thus starts the saga of one of the purest forms of love ever seen.

The author has wielded his magic throughout the book with his impeccable writing which will definitely keep you captivated till the end. It also highlights the toxicity of a patriarchal society and how women were victims of it. A definite tear jerker which will melt even the hardest of hearts.

If you haven’t read it yet or if you plan on entering the world of books, I strongly recommend that you start with this. I am sure you will thank me later.

My rating: 5/5

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Author: khaledhosseini

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing UK