Why I bought it? It is by Khaled Hosseini. Originally I had thought it was the sequel to The Kite Runner, and I had loved that book. I realized it wasn't when I read inside the front cover, but I still wanted to read it because I enjoyed the author.
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Synopsis: Set in Afghanistan, the story chronicles the lives of two women who are brought together by circumstances. They must face terrible times and losses. It is a view of female life behind the burka as well as with it. It has nothing to do with the story in The Kite Runner. They only share the same backdrop and historical setting. Sorry, but I don't want to give too much away. Part of what I enjoyed in reading this one was discovering the story.
What I thought? As much as I liked The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns surpassed it. The characters are so well formed and real that I was a part of their lives while I was reading and even still. The setting is so compelling. I learned a lot of history but didn't feel like I was getting a history lesson. It was interwoven and integral to the story. If you liked Hosseini's first novel, I'm sure you will love the 2nd. I didn't find it as disturbing as the first, and I liked the characters more. (It could be because I'm a woman.)
My Rating: ***** out of 5
Cleanness Score: 6 out of 10, for violence and situational things--e.g. intimacy