Ashami S. Athukorla


Title: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Student: Ashami S. Athukorla

Why this book?   Like The Kite Runner (which was also written by Khaled Hosseinei), this book was one of the very few books that actually kept me gripped until the end.  It opened up my eyes to the harsh realities for what life can be in Afghanistan, and this realistic approach is what makes the novel so moving. A Thousand Splendid Suns is totally concerned with the political upheavals that have transformed Afghanistan over the past half-century.  However, the novel is truly focused on the lives of individuals. And let us tell you, you already know these individuals very well.  The author has cleverly and effectively portrayed how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

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