A Thousand Splendid Suns

By Khaled Hossieni

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Kate Wilson A Thousand Splendid Suns

I thought that this was a remarkable book: a fantastically moving insight into Afghanistan. There is just enough hope - a single flicker which you have to spot early on in the book - to keep you reading through the violence, the powerlessness of the protagonists and the sheer sadness of their story to the powerful ending. Khaled Hosseini, whose previous book, The Kite Runner, was also a bestseller, really knows how to press emotional buttons, which I often find rathe offputting, but I didn't find that here. I wonder if that's because the setting was unknown to me: I might have found it a bit less compelling, and the writing a bit more manipulative, if he'd set a story that with the same level of suffering and selflessness in Wolverhampton.

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