Monday, October 15, 2007


I spent my weekend reading "A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS".by Khaled Hosseini. This book ate at my soul and I was just unable to put it down.The author is a great story teller and takes you through three generations and three decades through the war in Afghanistan in the 1970's .through the 80's and 90's and through the war in 2001.The story begins with Nana, Mariam's mother ,who commits suicide then Mariam who is only 15years old is forced to marry Rasheed who is so much older.later on .Laila comes into Mariam's life and marries her husband, but in the end it is Mariam who saves her life and loses her own.The author gives a description of the cruelty of war and what Afghan women had to endure at the hands of the Taliban.I really liked the ending of the story because it gave hope and that true love is never lost and women do stand by each other . This book was irresistible.

71 comments:

Aditi 2:31 AM  

nicely written.. i have been avoiding this book after reading the kite runner because of how emotionally draining i expect it to be...

Asha 4:43 AM  

I have heard so much about this book, sounds like good read. I still can't that well after LASIK without reading glasses. It's still healing!
Enjoy:))

pria,  6:13 AM  

From what you have described, it should be a great book to read Starry. Thanks for sharing and hopw you are doing well.

mathew 8:19 AM  

ever since i read kiterunner..i have always been wanting to read this one as well..glad to know that this one is good as well..

Hip Grandma 10:34 AM  

I see that you've started posting again.I hope your sister is fine.As for the book I am trying to get hold of it.you have been tagged.Check out my blog.

Fuzzylogic 10:37 AM  

I think Khaled Hosseni is a master story teller. But having read both his books I somehow preferred the "Kite runner" to this. The story is still moving and does deal with a lot about how lives got disrupted because of the conflict I did feel he got a bit too melodramatic in between. But I agree it is a very good read.

polona 12:23 PM  

this sounds like an interesting read and a poignant story.
thank you for sharing :)

Standbymind 2:06 AM  

Sounds like a nice rad..would get it man!

Ekta 4:37 AM  

hey i have yet to read this book but have read kite runner and its my alltime favourite..am waiting to start reading this one..
This author is a genius!

Jeevan 6:35 AM  

Heard sometimes back about this book on Afghan. Hope u had a different time at weekend going through the lives of afghan.

J 6:48 AM  

I've heard quite a lot about this and the kite runner.

First, I must finish up my pending books... Sigh!!

starry nights 11:57 AM  

Aditi..this book is emotionally draining too but in the end there is some hope.

starry nights 11:58 AM  

Asha..Glad to know your eyes are healing well.This book is a must read.

starry nights 11:58 AM  

Priya..how are you doing. this was a good book Priya.

starry nights 11:59 AM  

Mathew..I enjoyed the kite runner and was looking forward to reading this book and really enjoyed it.Just could not put it down.

starry nights 12:01 PM  

Hip grandma..Yes i have started posting again, cannot keep away from blogsphere.My sister is doing so much better,her hair is starting to grow back, she is done with the chemo.Thank you for the tag,I will check it out.

starry nights 12:02 PM  

Fuzzylogic..Yes I have to agree that The kite runner was a better book, but i enjoyed this one also.

starry nights 12:03 PM  

Polona..thank you. This was a very interesting book to read.

starry nights 12:04 PM  

standbymind...welcome to my blog and I do hope you come by again.

starry nights 12:05 PM  

Jeevan..yes I spent my whole weekend in Afghanistan.I enjoyed this book even though it was very sad and disturbing at times.

starry nights 12:05 PM  

Jeevan..yes I spent my whole weekend in Afghanistan.I enjoyed this book even though it was very sad and disturbing at times.

starry nights 12:06 PM  

J..I have quite a long list of books to read also.I have just begun.BTW read kite runner first.

starry nights 12:06 PM  

J..I have quite a long list of books to read also.I have just begun.BTW read kite runner first.

Sweetstickychewy 9:49 PM  

I came across this book in one blog and also in a bookstore recently. now that you share..I might just get it off their shelves.

Thanks!:D

Anali 9:58 PM  

I love it when a book is so good that all you want to do is read it nonstop. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Keshi 10:24 PM  

sounds like a treat to read...

Keshi.

Sanjay 5:13 AM  

Another book on my TBR list. :) I am gad you enjoyed reading it.

Sanjay 5:13 AM  

Another book on my TBR list. :) I am gad you enjoyed reading it.

starry nights 10:13 AM  

sweetstickychewey...You won't regret buying this book.

starry nights 10:14 AM  

Anali..yes. ever so often you come across a book that you cannot put down,this was one of them.

starry nights 10:14 AM  

Keshi.yes it was good.

starry nights 10:14 AM  

Sanjay..how are you doing.good to see you.

Cuckoo 10:58 AM  

I have heard about this book but been resisting mainly b'coz the kite runner is still in queue. :)

Next time when I go book shopping I'll buy this one but turn will come only after kite runner. :P

Id it is 1:54 PM  

A great read no doubt!

AVIANA 8:50 AM  

thanks for bringing this book out...well it's not to see there are books out there that show women stick together because in this day and age it seems like the opposite...

hows your sis?

have a nice weekend!

starry nights 12:27 PM  

cuckoo...Yes I would read kite runner first. I really enjoyed both his books.

starry nights 12:28 PM  

ID IT IS....Yes I still keep thinking of the characters and what they had to go through.And here I complain about petty stuff.sometimes it makes you realize.

starry nights 12:29 PM  

Aviana..My sister is doing better and thank you for asking.You should read this book.have a good weekend my sis.

Ghost Particle 2:57 PM  

will get this book. I read the movie is delayed for now.

mystic rose 6:11 PM  

thanks for that review, starry! its going on my list as well..

Kai C. 7:47 PM  

INTERESTING!
I HOPE YOU'RE WELL!

MM 9:19 PM  

I have heard so much abt this book, and now I have to read it since u have recommended it as well!!

Will grab it real soon!
:)

Velu.

MM 9:19 PM  

I have heard so much abt this book, and now I have to read it since u have recommended it as well!!

Will grab it real soon!
:)

Velu.

tulipspeaks 6:50 AM  

sounds like a good book!


ammu.

pink ginger 珂琳 10:41 PM  

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I should check it out.

Have a nice weekend.

Pri 1:42 AM  

like a good read...puttin it next on my list...currently reading "the kite runner" by the same author...amazing! :)

Blessed 6:53 AM  

Hi Starry!!!
The book does sound really interesting. I think I may have to pick it up. I think I may have mentioned that I am obsessed with books. Since going back to school, I haven't been able to read as leisurely as I use to.

Hope you are well.
Hope your sister is doing well, too.

chandni 11:44 PM  

i loved this book too!

And especially the way the relationship develops between the two women...its is so complicated and yet, so simple...

A 4:59 AM  

Hey nice blog ths. my first visit here. Kudos to you. And u suggest me a good book to pick up :)) blogrollin ya ?

Kalyan 5:25 AM  

lovely reading your review. I will definitely try to pick it up at the earliest after reading your review....nice one!

Keshi 11:32 PM  

how r u these days Starry?

Keshi.

DJ 3:28 PM  

i love this book too...
was waiting for it after reading kite runner and bought it on the first day it was released... :)
u have a nice blog...
tc...

AVIANA 5:22 PM  

hi there,

thanks for passing by...just found out my mom's cousin is having a masectomy...i didn't know she had breast cancer until now...

i'm not close to her at all but it is kind of concerning since now i know someone in my family has it and it may be in my genes

just really stopping by to say hi...

Dotm 6:41 PM  

War is bad, but sometimes mother nature can be just as cruel
Right now my heart goes out to those who have lost everything from the fires in California.

starry nights 9:02 PM  

ghost particle..too bad the movie is delayed,I would love to see it.

starry nights 9:02 PM  

Mystic..yes it is a good book.A must read.

starry nights 9:03 PM  

MM..A must read.

starry nights 9:03 PM  

Kai..how have you been?

starry nights 9:04 PM  

Tulip speaks..yes you should.

starry nights 9:16 PM  

Pri..I enjoyed reading the Kite runner too.

starry nights 9:17 PM  

Blessed..How are you doing.I enjoy reading also. I think you would love this book.

starry nights 9:18 PM  

Chandni..yes I love how the relationship between the two women develop.

starry nights 9:19 PM  

A ...welcome to my blog and I do hope you stop by again.thank you

starry nights 9:19 PM  

Kalyan..thank you and I think you will enjoy reading this book.

starry nights 9:20 PM  

Hi Keshi.. I am doing better.how are you.sorry have not stopped by blogs lately.had no electricity and internet service for two days.

starry nights 9:22 PM  

DJ...welcome to my blog and I do hope you stop by again.I think you will enjoy this book as much as you will the kite runner.

starry nights 9:22 PM  

Dotm..It is really sad for the people who lost everything in the fires.we were really lucky.

starry nights 9:24 PM  

Aviana..I am sorry to hear about your aunt.I was also scared after my sister got breast cancer and am worried it may be in my genes.She will do well after the chemo and mastectomy thats what my sister went through.I will keep her in my prayers.How are you doing?

BloggersDelight 11:16 AM  

We send out good words and prayers for those in California affected by the fires. Your blog intrigued us because of the dancing, music and great book review. We hope you will visit our place when you have time. Be well!

~BD

Lotus Reads 4:15 AM  

Starry, I had heard so much good stuff about this book and your write-up has confirmed that all I heard is true! I can't wait to get my paws on this book, thank you!

Jac 10:43 AM  

I think I know where to get second hand paperback !

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