The Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns

The Kite Runner A Thousand Splendid Suns THE KITE RUNNEROver five years on the New York Times bestseller list and published in different languages Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present The Kite Runn

  • Title: The Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Author: Khaled Hosseini
  • ISBN: 9780747598534
  • Page: 451
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  • THE KITE RUNNEROver five years on the New York Times bestseller list, and published in 55 different languages.Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable, beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and HTHE KITE RUNNEROver five years on the New York Times bestseller list, and published in 55 different languages.Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable, beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan nonetheless grow up in different worlds Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the son of Amir s father s servant, is a Hazara, member of a shunned ethnic minority Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them When the Soviets invade and Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him.A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan s last thirty years from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to the post Taliban rebuilding that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness are inextricable from the history playing out around them.Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship It is a striking, heart wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love a stunning accomplishment

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    1. I loved both books with all my heart! Both reads are quite psychological from the point of view of several characters within each story.

    2. The Kite Runner is about a powerful kinship between Amir and his friend Hassan in the once peaceful Afghanistan. Hassan is Amir’s father’s servant’s son. Whenever a bully came, Hassan stepped in and stopped it. One day a bully named Assef came and did something so bad to Hassan that he did not come out of his room for months. This caused his father to think there was something wrong with his Amir and his son’s relationship. Because of this, Hassan’s father and Hassan quit being Amir’ [...]

    3. A Thousand Splendid Suns was such an eye opener about women and how they are treated in Afghanistan. I would encourage all women to read this for a better understanding of women in other countries. So sad how a lie and war can change lives.

    4. The Kite Runner's 384 pages turned quickly. It's a father-son story, as oppposed to A Thousand Splendid Suns' 384 pages which provide a voice of hope for the women of Afhganistan. Both of these protagonists suffer, suffer, suffer. A Thousand Splendid Suns provides a much darker tale.

    5. I had mixed feelings about The Kite Runner. It tells the story of two best friends, and the aftermath of a horrible incident with one. While the book is very well written and provides some insight into the history of Afghanistan, the main character inspires no sympathy, and is a very training reading. A Thousand Splendid Suns on the other hand is one of the best books I have read. It is about two women whose lives are forever binded when they are forced to marry a brutish man. From the beginning [...]

    6. Continuing in the vein of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns relays another of what must be many horrifying stories of the struggle to survive in Afghanistan after the monarchy. It tells in detail about the Soviet takeover and then that of the Taliban, as everyday people try to live in the violence and destruction that surround them. Amidst degradation and suffering, there is a triumph of the human spirit, as two women from different generations bond to support and care for each other. Un [...]

    7. THE THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS! Best book ever read! :) The letter at end of the story will make one weep. "Fate"- It's a thing no one can change.Real love- It's a thing no one can take away from you.Life and fate cannot be changed. It's the way you see life to be changed. Once you realize this, all happiness and all your dreams will shower upon you vanishing the hardships. kudos to the author! Great book!

    8. I read the hard-backed version I borrowed from the library. Though painful to absorb its stories of cruelty to ordinary people from oppressive regimes, I appreciated the personal story of guilt and the search for forgiveness. Also insightful, is the view of the Afghan immigrant in northern California.

    9. After reading this book I actually started understanding and respecting my mother , or may be my grandmother more and more! I must say that the author could see through the heart of these women very honestly! His women are so real, the society is so very much true A very much worth read.

    10. ভাগ্য দেবী সহায়, নাহলে কোনদিন ইংলিশ নামক ভাষাটায় নুন্যতম দক্ষতাটা হতো না হয়ত, আসলে আমি বলতে চাইছি আমি মুগ্ধতা গ্রাস করেছে; এমন সাবলীল বই বাংলায় কি অনুবাদ করা হয়নি? নাকি আমি হাতে পাইনি? সে যাই হ [...]

    11. I read these books some time ago, around the time first published and loved them. I think I'd like to read A Thousand Setting Suns again. The lives of Muslim women are so compelling, so miserably different than American women that I find I want to know more.

    12. Khaled such a beautiful description of Afg nd u can realise how tough country tht is specially for women. In splendid suns he narrates story of laliaa and maryam such a terrific style of writing

    13. The books are splendid. The author describe the playful children's life in the ruins during the Talinan's adventure in the country. Life of women are vividly described how they are treated worst than slaves in their own domain. I highly recommend for readers who wants to know about Afghanistan.

    14. Superb Touching StoryKhaled Sir play with words so beautifully that the image comes in front of you while reading.Best storyteller

    15. When I was in high school, I was required to read Kite Runner for an English class. I really enjoyed the book, and after sharing this with a past English teacher, she recommended that I read A Thousand Splendid Suns. She assured me that it was even better than Kite Runner - and she certainly wasn't lying! I thought this book was phenomenal, if horribly tragic. Though it wasn't entirely uplifting, this novel contained important lessons that I still carry with me today. The one that stuck out to m [...]

    16. "the kite runner "is a masterpiece "painfully honest",merciless truth!!!! Hosseini very skillfully depicts the love and respect Hassan hath for Amir his unconditional feelings, his deep and eternal and never-ending warmth for Amir. How he unravels the aftermath of wars on lives is epic this book not only provides the reader with an awsm storyline, rather, an account of what truly Afghanistan suffered too as Hosseini says"there are many children in Afghanistan, but a little childhood "!!!each sen [...]

    17. The Kite Runner:Its one of the best books I have read. Not that I have read too many.Nevertheless, i would still like to share my opinion of the book. There are so many aspects that I really liked about this one. I am touched by Hassan's innocent, undoubting faith in his best friend Amir. 'A thousand times over for you' one of the most stirring lines of the book.A thousand splendid suns: I had a lot of expectations of this book and had waited quite a long time to get it. Khaled Husseini's work h [...]

    18. I liked both books. Not only were they fascinating stories of people in Afghanistan, but they also gave me a better understanding of their recent history. I liked The Kite Runner because of the way it went back and forth from Afghanistan to the Bay Area. My favorite was A Thousand Splendid Suns. I marvel at the strength of the women who are oppressed by men in a culture that condones such behavior. Laila and Mariiam develop a strong friendship, and I like the fact that in the end. . well, maybe [...]

    19. I love these books, not only because they are well written, but because they allow me to travel to a country that I might not otherwise see because of the unrest and savagery of war. I also love that the author doesn't try to shield us from the horrors that have plagued his country, but yet shows his intense love of his country. A Thousand Splendid Suns is my favorite of the two because of the relationships of women that serve as a main theme, but both books fully deserve a five star rating.

    20. This is an amazing story that is a real eye-opener about how women are treated by extreme orthodox Islamists. Both books made me appreciate the freedoms we enjoy here in America and feel grateful for the life I live. Both books are very well written, but I feel more connected to A thousand Splendid Suns more than I did with Kite Runner because it is about women,love, and wife/husband relationships. Both are amazing books!

    21. Mi ha turbato profondamente questo libro e faticherò a riprendere in mano un prodotto di questo scrittore so che è da struzzi e sostanzialmente da stronzi mettere la testa nella sabbia e fare finta che certe cose non esistano, ma ho pianto dalla terza pagina all'ultima e ogni volta che ci penso mi fa stare davvero male. Continuo a dirmi che io per loro non posso fare niente, ma non so se è vero.

    22. Simply put a must to read. I found the Kite Runner a treasure in terms of the richness of the storyline. While there are many twists and turns of good and evil it is ultimately a triumphant tale. One Thousand Splendid Suns tells a story but the overtones are far more historical of the devastating politics of the Taliban rule and devastation. In no way did I ever feel elated as it depicts a grim reality. Still, a page turner to see the outcome of its central characters.

    23. So for some reason I couldn't find The Kite Runner by itself, but this review is on The Kite Runner only, as I've reviewed A Thousand Splendid Suns separately. Amazing book. Emotional and insightful. It's a history lesson wrapped up in an amazing novel. Shocking twist included. Highly recommend this one!

    24. Not reading Kite Runnerbut Thousand Suns. Going OK - but the style is a bit plonkly, esp as my last book was Middlesex and I just couldn't put it down. I keep getting tempted to quitI'm not one for keeping going with books if they don't grab mebut I persist - mainly as this comes highly recommended by my elder daughter, a great reader with whom I mostly share bookish opinions

    25. a revelation, we live in such sheltered worlds that it is hard to imagine such brutality exist, very well written and this book manages to capture you, even after finishing this book it will remain on your mind for a very long time. Khaled Hosseini is a brilliant author and this book is a must read for all

    26. After enjoying the Kite Runner, I wanted to continue to explore the Afghanistan culture, this time through the eyes of women. The author Khaled Hosseini did not disappoint me! This is a rich, thought provoking story. I listened to both of these books on CD and I believe it was easier for me to keep all of the names straight! If you have not read these books, I would encourage you to make time!

    27. Like Kiterunner, this book is sad, but so interesting. While reading, I found myself thinking of myself at the age the character was at different times in the book or myself at the different years mentioned in this book. I thought of all the choices I had as a woman in America that this girl did not have. It made me very grateful for the life and choices I've had.

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