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By: Christy Grace Thomas
Thousand splendid suns, penned by Khaled Hosseini presents an enthralling tale that captures the very essence of the Afghan society, narrating to its readers, that how the once emerging nation of Afghanistan succumbed to mind numbing poverty with a decade long Soviet invasion and the subsequent uprising of Taliban who slaughtered the freedom of its citizens and traumatized the daughters of the country. These incidents ruined the landscape of the state to an extent that their dark shadows can never be erased from its history.
The main storyline centers around two Afghan women Mariam and Laila, who belong to different generations and how their lives become intertwined through a series of dramatic events. Their story presents the heart wrenching plights, and atrocities that women in Kabul had to undergo when the state they was occupied by Soviet and later held captive by Taliban. As it proceeds the plot leaves us speechless, compelling us to wonder as to how a human can survive in the face of such seething troubles, but at the same time the undying courage displayed by both the women in circumstances where there were dimmest rays of hope, is what promptsthe reader to continue cruising through the book till the last word.
I recommend this book as I stand in awe of the author’s ability to emotionally connect the lives of his characters with his audience and conjure their lives with ours. Once you engage with it, you will find yourself engrossed till the end.