– Khaled Hosseini

Genre: Historical fiction, Domestic

In one line 

Amid all the brutality and fear taking place in Afghanistan, an everlasting friendship grows between Mariam and Laila – that defies all hopes and expectations.

“Tariq tucked the gun into the waist of his denim. Then he said a thing both lovely and terrible. “For you,” he said. “I’d kill with it for you, Laila.”


After the remarkable popularity gained by The Kite Runner, everyone had high expectations of Khaled Hosseini. He didn’t disappoint us though, did he? With this splendid book, A Thousand Splendid Suns fulfilled our expectation, if not surpassed it. 

A Thousand Splendid Suns presents a breathtaking tale of the volatile events of Afghanistan that had taken place a few decades back. It exhibits a deeply moving story of Mariam, an illegitimate child, and Laila, a mere teenager. Being 20 years apart didn’t stop Mariam and Laila develop a bond that can only be considered as indestructible. Despite being fiction, this novel reveals the dark side of early marriage and polygamy. 

“Like a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always.”

My thoughts 

Several parts of the book were too difficult for me to handle. I just couldn’t cope with it and had to go away from the book for some time.

What I thought would just be another novel for me turned out absolutely wrong. This novel hit me hard with its magnificent storytelling and the influence it has had me personally. I was deeply immersed in the story and felt I myself was playing a tole in the plot on many occasions. 

Besides all these, I have learned a valuable lesson on deep lasting friendships from this book. The unwitting connection between Mariam and Laila was truly wonderful to watch – especially the extent to which they went to sacrifice for each other.

“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”


Though I don’t usually read fiction besides romance, this book has now made me think of my choices. I thoroughly enjoyed this thrilling yet heartbreaking story, and I’m sure you will feel the same way after reading it.


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