Khaled Hosseini, the author famous for The Kite Runner, proves his storytelling gift, once again.
Increasing its pace as the story moves on, this novel has many emotionally moving events concerning mother to daughter conflicts and woman to woman friendships. War is a difficult subject to write about; however, Hosseini explicitly portrays the life of women who are abused by men and the tragedies of war.
The intense story line of separating with loved ones, being deceived of their deaths, living a horrible life, and then soon settling back to place, only partially shows the thrilling storyline. Every chapter ends by provoking curiosity and mystery, disabling the readers of having control over when to stop. It is also an easy read because organizations are simple and important points are italicized. Hosseini, thus, proves to be a companionable writer by using simple “general english.”
Consequently, the themes- forgiveness, ambition, discrimination- were clearly visible for the readers. Forgiveness portrayed by the unfortunate incidents that happened between Mariam and her father, Jalil and mother, Nana makes us ponder upon our own mistakes of holding grudges and possessing evil thoughts. Ambition, shown by Laila and her father to pursue a successful educational and adult life formulates thankfulness for being able to receive education in a safe environment. Lastly, Nana constantly enforces Mariam that “LIke a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman” (Hosseini, 364). Discrimination towards women by men, therefore, is portrayed by the physical abuse Mariam and Laila receive from infancy upwards. Not only are they forced to marry at young ages, but also are abused by their husbands and society, and are restrained from the freedom everyone deserves. The prohibition of Afghan women from driving shows how these problems still currently continues and how a change should be reinforced for the better of the society.
A Thousand Splendid Suns unravels the best plot, and best ending one could ever imagine.
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