Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns” (2007)


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The beginning:
Khaled Hosseini’s "A Thousand Splendid Suns" (2007)
The author of this volume is now well known for his successful publication of 2003, The Kite Runner. The novel is an elaborate chronicle set in Afghanistan between the 1960s and 2003, of which events begin in the northern city of Herat in 1964.
Mariam is the illegitimate daughter of a servant and her employer. When Mariam was born in 1959, her father built a kolba or hut in which the woman could raise a child that was harami and as Hosseini comments, such a child’s “only sin is being born.” (p.4) Mariam’s mother resents her entire life, and tells her early on to expect nothing from her father. In fact, she should know that men are often ulterior and forever blame the world’s wrongs upon...
The end:
.....ame involves only male names {but} if it’s a girl, Laila has already named her”, in reference to a girl that shall be named Mariam for the woman who so supported her and then gave her life so that Laila might know some freedom with happiness. (p. 367) The reader knows that a girl infant shall be Mariam and that her life will lead off into another story, perhaps across generations, and in a family account of how Mariam obtained her name. A reader does not need to be interested in Afghanistan to enjoy this novel, but by the end, most readers will wish to study the country and its history, the forces that created a unique, harsh but often beautiful country.
Work Cited
Hosseini, Khaled. A Thousand Splendid Suns. New York: Riverhead Books, 2007.