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A Thousand Splendid Suns (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Mai 2008

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It's difficult to imagine a harder first act to follow than The Kite Runner: a debut novel by an unknown writer about a country many readers knew little about that has gone on to have over four million copies in print worldwide. But when preview copies of Khaled Hosseini's second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, started circulating at Amazon.com, readers reacted with a unanimous enthusiasm that few of us could remember seeing before. As special as The Kite Runner was, those readers said, A Thousand Splendid Suns is more so, bringing Hosseini's compassionate storytelling and his sense of personal and national tragedy to a tale of two women that is weighted equally with despair and grave hope.

We wanted to spread the word on the book as widely, and as soon, as we could. See below for an exclusive excerpt from A Thousand Splendid Suns and early reviews of the book from some of our top customer reviewers.--The Editors


An Exclusive Excerpt from A Thousand Splendid Suns

We have arranged with the publisher to make an exclusive excerpt of A Thousand Splendid Suns available on Amazon.com. Click here to read a scene from the novel. It's not the opening scene, but rather one from a crucial moment later in the book when Mariam, one of the novel's two main characters, steps into a new role.


Early Buzz from Amazon.com Top Reviewers

We queried our top 100 customer reviewers as of March 6, 2007, and asked them to read A Thousand Splendid Suns and share their thoughts. We've included these early reviews below in the order they were received. For the sake of space, we've only included a brief excerpt of each reviewer's response, but each review is available for reading in its entirety by clicking the "Read the review" link.

Joanna Daneman: "His style is deceptively simple and clear, the characters drawn deftly and swiftly, his themes elemental and huge. This is a brilliant writer and I look forward to more of his work." Read Joanna Daneman's review

Seth J. Frantzman: "Khaled Hosseini has done it again with 'A Thousand Splendid Sons', presenting a new, dashing and dark tale of two generations of women trapped in a loveless marriage, bracketed by great events." Read Seth J. Frantzman's review

Donald Mitchell: "Khaled Hosseini has succeeded in capturing many important historical and contemporary themes in a way that will make your heart ache again and again. Why will your reaction be so strong? It’s because you’ll identify closely with the suffering of almost all the characters, a reaction that’s very rare to a modern novel." Read Donald Mitchell's review

Lawrance M. Bernabo: "All things considered, following up on a successful first novel is probably harder than coming up with the original effort and Hosseini could have rested on his laurels in the manner of Harper Lee, but as "A Thousand Splendid Suns" amply proves, this native of Kabul has more stories to tell about the land of Afghanistan." Read Lawrance M. Bernabo's review

Amanda Richards: "There are parts of this book that will have grown men surreptitiously blotting the tears that are on the verge of overflowing their ducts, and by the time you get to the middle, you won’t be able to put it down. Hosseini's simple but richly descriptive prose makes for an engrossing read, and in my opinion, "A Thousand Splendid Suns" is among the best I have ever read. This is definitely not one to be missed." Read Amanda Richards's review

N. Durham: "All that being said, "A Thousand Splendid Suns" is a bit more enjoyable than Hosseini’s previous "The Kite Runner", and once again he manages to give we readers another glimpse of a world that we know little about but frequently condemn and discard. However, if you were one of the many that for some reason absolutely loved "The Kite Runner", chances are that you'll love this as well." Read N. Durham's review

John Kwok: "Khaled Hosseini's "A Thousand Splendid Suns" is a genuine instant literary classic, and one destined to be remembered as one of 2007's best novels. It should be compared favorably to such legendary Russian novels like "War and Peace" and "Doctor Zhivago"." Read John Kwok's review

Thomas Duff: "Normally I'm more of an action-adventure type reader when it comes to novels and recreational reading. But I was given the chance to read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (author of The Kite Runner), so I decided to try something out of my normal genre. I am *so* glad I did. This is a stunning and moving novel of life and love in Afghanistan over a 30 year period." Read Thomas Duff's review

Charles Ashbacher: "This book manages to simultaneously capture the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years and how women are treated in conservative Islamic societies.... In many ways it is a sad book, your heart goes out to these two women in their hopeless struggle to have a decent life with a brutal man in an unforgiving, intolerant society." Read Charles Ashbacher's review

W. Boudville: "Hosseini presents a piognant view into the recent tortured decades of the Afghan experience. From the 1970s, under a king, to the Soviet takeover, to the years of resistance. And then the rise and fall of the Taliban. An American reader will recognise many of the main political events. But to many Americans, Afghanistan and its peoples and religion remain an opaque and troubling mystery." Read W. Boudville's review

Mark Baker: "I tend to read plot heavy books, so this character study was a definite change of pace for me. I found the first half slow going at times, mainly because I knew where the story was going. Once I got into the second half, things really picked up. The ending was very bittersweet. I couldn't think of a better way to end it." Read Mark Baker's review

Grady Harp: "Hosseini takes us behind those walls for forty some years of Afghanistan's bloody history and while he does not spare us any of the descriptions of the terror that continues to besiege that country, he does offer us a story that speaks so tenderly about the fragile beauty of love and devotion and lasting impression people make on people." Read Grady Harp's review

Robert P. Beveridge: "When I was actively reading it, the pages kept turning, and more than once I found myself foregoing food or sleep temporarily to get in just one more chapter. When I had put it down, however, I felt no particular compulsion to pick it back up again. It's a good book, and a relatively well-written one, but it's not a great book. Enjoyable without leaving a lasting impression." Read Robert P. Beveridge's review

B. Marold: "While the events in Afghanistan and the wider world create a familiar framework for the stories of these two women, it is nothing more than a framework. The warp and weft of everyday life, and the interaction of the two women and their close relatives is the heartbeat of the story." Read B. Marold's review

Daniel Jolley: "Khaled Hosseini has written a majestic, sweeping, emotionally powerful story that provides the reader with a most telling window into Afghan society over the past thirty-odd years. It's also a moving story of friendship and sacrifice, giving Western readers a rare glimpse into the suffering and mistreatment of Afghan women that began long before the Taliban came to power." Read Daniel Jolley's review


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'In case you're wondering whether A Thousand Splendid Suns is as good as The Kite Runner, here's the answer: No. It's better' Washington Post 'Only the hardest of hearts could fail to be as moved' Glamour 'A masterful narrative ... He is a storyteller of dizzying power' Evening Standard 'Hosseini has that rare thing, a Dickensian knack for storytelling' Daily Telegraph

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Nachdem ich vor einem Jahr Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner" empfohlen bekommen habe, habe ich es gewagt sein zweites Buch zu kaufen. Es war kein großes Risiko, vor allem, weil einige mir wieder zuversichtliche Meinungen über diesen Roman prophezeiten. Obwohl ich zweifelte, dass "A Thousand Splendid Suns" "The Kite Runner" übertreffen könnte (dem ersten und letzten Buch bis jetzt, bei dem ich geweint habe) verschlang ich dieses Buch binnen wenigen Stunden auf zwei Tage aufgeteilt.

Und; ich habe mich getäuscht. "A Thousand Splendid Suns" gefällt mir auf jeden Fall besser als Hosseini's 1. Roman (nicht, dass ich diesen schlechter machen will!)
Ich war sehr erstaunt, wie feinfühlig Hosseini dieses Thema annahm, und wie er jedes kleine Detail in die Geschichte hineinstickte. Die Geschichte Afghanistans durch das Schicksal dieser zwei Frauen zu erleben war überaus realitätsbezogen, und sehr gefühlserregend. Hosseini's Schreibstil ist eines der Besten dieses Jahrzehntes, er setzt seine Rhetorikkünste gekonnt ein, um dadurch besser ein Bild für den Leser zu schaffen.

Wer einen guten Roman, der nicht nur auf Fantasie basiert, sucht, ist bei diesem Buch auf jedenfall gut aufgehoben. Aufpassen aber, es ist schwer das Buch einmal wegzulegen, wenn man angefangen hat die ersten Seiten zu lesen...
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Hosseini describes the life and interwoven destiny of two women in Afghanistan. Mariam is forced to marry an elderly man at the age of fifteen only. She cannot have children and suffers most from oppression and discrimination. Many years later, her husband falls in love with Laila, a teenager who shares some years of life with Mariam and her husband and finally reveals Mariam her secret. At the end, both women succeed in their own way.- The reader not only gets acquainted with the history of Afghanistan, but also experiences war and misery through women's eyes. Hosseini most impressingly gives sensitive and mooving descriptions of Mariam's and Laila's moods, thoughts and fears. However, what I enjoyed most is his quality of expression - his book can and must be read by all who like fluent, brilliant, most intelligent language style. - When I finished, I immediately bought the 'Kiterunner' in English and also 'Les cerfs-volants de Kaboul' from Khaled Hosseini in French language.
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A far more accomplished offering that his debut novel, Hosseini presents a haunting tale of Afghanistan and this time without the one dimensional villains and the slightly implausible coincidences. The story tells of two women growing up in different generations who by various tricks of fate end up being married to the same man. In truth the story line is a fairly familiar mix of the oppressed Muslim women seeking emancipation from their brute of a husband but the way in which the tale is told is where the beauty lies. The prose is eloquent, the style haunting and the story containing an almost unspeakable sadness as we are entreated to be part of their lives during the periods of great change for Afghanistan as the characters strive towards attaining their happy ending. If you haven't read Kite Runner, do so. If you have, I'd recommend The Fates by Tino Georgiou.
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A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS tells the wonderful, intensely moving story of how two modern Afghan women overcome the great challenges that have faced women in Afghanistan and rise above their victimization. Khaled Hosseini has succeeded in capturing many important historical and contemporary themes in a way that will make your heart ache again and again. Why will your reaction be so strong? It's because you'll identify closely with the suffering of almost all the characters, a reaction that's very rare to a modern novel.

In Part One, you meet Miriam at age five as she learns that she is a harami (an illegitimate child). Miriam's wealthy father, Jalil, had seduced a housekeeper, Miriam's mother, Nana, six years earlier and now provides for both of them in a remote shack where he can keep a low profile. Despite his concern about his reputation, Jalil adores the attention that Miriam devotes to him. All proceeds in an artificial and harsh way until one day Miriam decides to demand her father's attention. The consequences shape her world for the rest of her life.

In Part Two, the story moves to focus on Laila, who was born to Miriam's acquaintance Fariba at the end of Part One. Laila's rearing is almost totally the opposite of Miriam's. Laila is loved by both her parents with whom she lives and has many chances to develop her knowledge and skills. Laila lives in Kabul while Miriam grew up in the countryside outside of Herat. Laila is beautiful while Miriam is plainer. They also grow up in different times: Miriam is old enough to be Laila's mother. Miriam never had a male friend while growing up, while Laila is fascinated by the one-legged Tariq. All is going well for Laila until the war intrudes to send her life off into an unexpected direction.
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Ich habe selten ein Buch gelesen, in dem mich das Schicksal der Frauen in Afghanistan so sehr berührt hat. Ich konnte das Buch kaum aus der Hand legen und las mich fassungslos von Seite zu Seite. Khaled Hosseini erzählt schonungslos über die Qualen, Erniedrigungen und Misshandlungen, die die Frauen dort tagtäglich ertragen müssen. Für mich ist es keine Frage, welches das wahre starke Geschlecht in Afghanistan ist und wie klein sind doch unsere alltäglichen Probleme, verglichen mit deren... Ganz klar 5 Sterne! Unbedingt lesen!
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