A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

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A Thousand Splendid Suns


Historical domestic fiction


Khaled Hosseini



Book Theme

Women Empowerment


7th Grade

Suggest age

15 years

​Edition of Book

First Edition

Origin of Book

United Kingdom

Weight of Book

280 Grams

Format of Book

Printed copy

Number of pages


Dimensions of Book

12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm

A thousand splendid suns come under those sets of rare books that make people cry. This book is a must-read for anyone who loves fiction and wants to read a fast-paced account of the harsh realities of life in a war-torn country.

It is a dual-split narrative between two characters, Mariam and Laila. Mariam is an illegitimate child of Jalil, a local businessman in the town of Herat. Her family and people constantly remind her that she was a harami and wasn't supposed to be born. After her mother's death, Mariam is married to Rasheed. And over the years, she seeks to be appreciated and accepted until she meets Laila, who turns her life 180 degrees.

How will this book influence your reading choice?

We have all heard about the horrifying experiences of people living in a war-torn country, but living and surviving through it every day is something one would never want to go through. And Hosseini tries to portray this picture of Afghanistan through this book but ensures that it isn't the driving force in the novel. The dramatic and fateful turn of events in this book will keep you attached to it till the very end.

This book has got me to fall in love with Kabul and the people of Herat. Sometimes I wanted to play with Aziza, and sometimes, I wanted to talk with the lead characters, Mariam and Laila. The storyline is quite simple to follow. On the one hand, there is Mariam, who had a very challenging childhood, and after her mother's death, she is married to Rasheed. At first, things seem very good with him, but the situation becomes terrible as Rasheed starts showing his true face.

On the other hand, Laila had grown up in a loving environment, but the cruel turn of events brought her to Rasheed, who makes her life a living hell. At first, both Mariam and Laila develop a feeling of hatred towards each other, but Aziza brings the two close together, and an amazing daughter-mother relationship begins. As the events unfold, we see how they fight together for their dignity and self-worth.

An introduction to the creator behind the idea

Khaled Hosseini is one of the most influential and widely read novelists globally, with a record of over 38 million copies of books sold in 70 different countries. Hosseini is an Afghan-American creator whose writing style resonates deeply with his love for his country, Afghanistan. His book "The Kite Runner" was made into a major motion picture and named the book of the decade by major publishing houses like The Times, Daily Telegraph, and Guardian.

His stories are best known for their sympathetic tone that generates strong emotions that cut to the core of the human heart. His stories try to find the fine line that separates right from wrong, friendship from betrayal, and conviction from indifference.

Friendly conclusion

This book has the power to speak to you, even without reading it. The twists and turns of events you get while reading this book are on another level. If you are someone who loves novels with elements of reality mixed with fiction and drama, then look no further; this book is for you. Once you finish this book, you'll be left not only with tears in your eyes but also with a sense of peace, hope, and fire within. Lastly, check out our Book-Store if you want to read some awesome book reviews like this one. Peace Out!