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Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Whenever I read a really good book by an author, I’m hesitant to read more for fear my high expectations won’t be met and the memory of that one really good novel will be forever sullied by knowing their follow-up was rubbish.

Fear not with Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns. In his second novel after the brilliance of The Kite Runner, Hosseini doesn’t disappoint.

Set in Kabul, A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of two girls who are more alike than they care to admit. I don’t want to give anything away; you’ll want to let the story reveal itself.

The novel centres around Mariam and Laila, who don’t meet until about halfway through the novel. Reading the blurb on the back, I kept wondering how it was going to happen. My advice to you is: just let it happen and don’t think ahead. Several times during the novel I wondered where it was heading. Some parts are predictable, such as every time a female has sex, she’s going to get pregnant as they only can in a novel. Some parts are shocking. Anyone who read The Kite Runner knows a bit about Afghan history and will follow the setting closely. Where the characters from Kite Runner were refugees from the war, Mariam and Laila et al stay put.

As with The Kite Runner, I cannot recommend this novel enough. I also think it would make a better film than Kite as it is written in third person with not so much reflection.

April 28, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

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