Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan born American novelist who wrote three best-selling books – Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And The Mountains Echoed. When I read his books I realized that Khaled Hosseini has a deep understanding of human emotions and relationships which is reflected in his writing.
“A Thousand Splendid Suns” took me to the middle of Afghanistan and threw me in the turmoil that Afghanistan went through for thirty years. Khaled Hosseini left no stones unturned to describe how women were oppressed by the men who were supposed to be their protectors. But this book is not about how women were treated nor about the ongoing war. It is about the beautiful relationship that formed between two women who were supposed to be hostile towards each other. Mariam and Laila were born in two different generation but shared the same husband. Although Mariam resented Laila but later they became each other’s saviors. Mistreated and abused, Mariam and Laila found solace in each other. And that’s where the beauty of the book lies.
Most of the books only talk about lovers or blood relations but this book dealt with a much more difficult relationship which could not be termed in words. Mariam & Laila were sisters sometimes and sometimes mother and daughter but what bound them together was their love for each other. It is not a romantic novel but it has shown love in a manner that expresses love in a more complex yet better way than any romance novel could. Love in any form even as a memory is the key to survive any harshness that the world puts on us.
This book made me feel angry and disgusted at the world and yet those two women brought happiness and hope, a happiness in the midst of immense sorrow. A happiness that I never thought could be possible in such a situation but Khaled Hosseini showed me that the heart had mysterious ways to find hope of survival.
I would give this book a 5/5 rating and would recommend it to the readers, so that, they themselves could experience the emotions that I have experienced through Hosseini’s writing.