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Book – A thousands of splendid suns
Author – Khaled Hosseini
Genre – Domestic Fiction
“Tell your secret to the wind,but don’t blame it for telling the trees“
🌞This book was my second read after ‘The Kite Runner’ of Khaled Hosseini. I had loved that story then and loved this now!! And more!!!!
I really admire his craft. It has good content which shares vital tools for harnessing the power of our hearts and minds to navigate all kind of pain. The title – Thousands of splendid suns, Khaled took from a poem ‘Kabul‘ written by Iranian poet Saib Tabrizi is uniquely elegant and evolved in itself.
🌞This incredible chronicle,in the backdrop of Afghanistan from 1960s to 2000s, portrays ‘Mariam’ and ‘Laila’ born generation apart and brought together by bond which had shared faith, helplessness, loss, resistance and hopes. The book is divided in four parts – life of Mariam before meeting Laila, life of Laila before meeting Mariam, life of both spent together and Laila’s life afterwards.
🌞Born as illegitimate child Mariam is promised by her father to be taken to his cinema house on her 15th birthday. When he doesn’t turn up,she dares to go his big house where he lives with three wives and many children. Little did she know,her approach for for this will give terrible shock to her mother that she would end her life! Her loss of only support in life makes us miserable for her. For oblivious reasons she is not welcomed in her father’s family and forcefully married off to Rasheed in no time. She tries to find solace in him who is 30 years elder to her and a widower,but soon learns to endure the relentless cruelty and abuses with time.
🌞The story unfolds Laila’s character in narration as well as Kabul’s worsening conditions where bombs and rockets are making lives uncertain.
🌞Laila is shown fifteen years young girl whose father is an advocate fighting for women’s equality and believes in education. When Mariam meets young Laila from neighborhood, unaware of future that she will be second wife to Rasheed is sympathetic to her understanding her circumstances. But how this happens? Their struggle against the tyrant husband builds their own relation from hatred and jealousy to empathy! More events are unfolded in their life,but I will recommend this book to each one as it has highlighted the hardships and complexities of Afghani women aptly resisting the suppression and emerging substantially!