What is that a child wants more than anything? Mother,Love,Toys,Friends or Father? Yes, it’s father Mariam wanted more than anything in the world, Mariam – five year old daughter of Jalil. All she wanted is her father, she loved Thursday more than any other day in the week because that’s the day when Jalil will come to meet his bustard daughter. Even though her mother told her multiple times not to trust any man because ‘A man’s accusing finger will always finds a woman,always’. She never believed her mother, never until it was too late until, the storm called reality stuck her so hard that, it was impossible for her to get out of that storm.
There are only few books which are written and explained with such a beauty that it will almost tore your heart apart and that’s exactly what “A Thousand Splendid Suns” did to me.
A Thousand Splendid Suns follows the lives of two Afghani girls, Mariam and Laila as the move from children to adults. This books spans 40 years, covering three decades of war in Afghanistan, starting with Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and closing with the overthrow of the Taliban. Story revolves around, Mariam who is born and bought up in small village with no education and Laila who born and bought up in Kabul with good educational background. Husseini has beautifully described how destiny will bring these two girls from two different parts of country to same place and how the enmity between them is turned into a beautiful friendship. A friendship you will never forget throughout your life.
There are only few writers who can produce back-to-back masterpieces and Husseini is one of those writers.There is lot to learn in this book, Love, Friendship, political turmoil in Afghanistan. The real picture of Afghani people in the midst of three decades of wars, their struggle for life, their struggle for food, their struggle for sleep and most importantly their struggle for peace . This book also describes the real beauty of Afghanistan.
There are parts in this book, which will make you privately shed tears and there are parts which will make you laugh(like Islamic flamingos).
The books describes the struggle of Afghani men/women (specially women) in the midst of political warfare, civil war and under an oppressive regime – you will be thankful to God for the things which he has given you.
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.
Overall this is the book which is not be missed, seriously, not be missed. I recommend this book for everyone. Go ahead pick this up and read.