‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ is the second novel by Khaled Hosseini and I absolutely LOVED it! The novel focuses around the lives of two women, Mariam and Laila, two Afghan women from completely different backgrounds who are forced to share the same house with the same cruel man, Rasheed. They endure tragedy, pain and heartbreak in more ways than it is possible to imagine…some moments are difficult to read because it is hard to comprehend that the human body can bear such cruelty.
Throughout the novel, Mariam and Laila’s lives become further entwined and they find comfort in each others company and strength against their mutual enemy. There are so many facets of human nature explored in this book, Hosseini identifies the underlying issues that plague Afghan households as well as showing the effect of years of war, political conflict and the increasing threat of the Taliban.
‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ is a beautifully tragic novel which undoubtedly shows the triumph of love and heroism in the face of death, destruction and unbearable heartache and it is a must-have for every bookshelf!