Thousand splendids sun

There is something marvellously hopeful in this process, and if there is a problem with the novel, it is not with the plot or the intentions behind it, but with the neatness of its narrative style.

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After suffering years of domestic abuse at his hands, Mariam bludgeons Rasheed to death with a shovel during a violent struggle. I did not intend this, but I am keenly interested, it appears, in the way parents and children love, disappoint, and in the end honor each other. Jalil's wives want nothing to do with Mariam, so they force him to let her marry Rasheed, a widowed shoemaker in Kabul. However, after Laila gives birth to a daughter, Aziza, the women come to see themselves as allies against Rasheed's abusive, manipulative ways. Not soon into the story, Mariam discovers the emptiness in her father's love and after her mother's suicide, is forced to marry a man more than 20 years her senior, her being only As Tariq and Laila grow up, she falls in love with him. Rasheed adores and spoils Zalmai, and Zalmai worships Rasheed. Mariam has complicated feelings about her parents: She lives with her spiteful and stubborn mother, Nana; while her father Jalil, a successful businessman, visits Mariam — his only illegitimate child — once a week. Mariam tries to reach Jalil for help, but she finds that he is dead. However, the Afghani war against the Soviets disrupts Laila's childhood and both her older brothers leave to join the war. She sleeps outside Jalil's house waiting for him, but he will not see her.

This event wakes Fariba to the ongoing risks of living in Kabul, so she agrees to move. She hangs herself when Mariam is fifteen after Mariam journeys to Jalil's house on her birthday.

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She lives in their neighborhood. Laila looks at Mariam, and "For the first time, it was not an adversary's face Laila saw but a face of grievances unspoken, burdens gone unprotested, a destiny submitted to and endured.

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Additionally, because I've heard so much about this book already, I almost didn't want to read it at all. Unlike The Kite Runner, however, this novel is focused on the lives of Afghan women.

Rasheed and Mariam nurse Laila back to health and after she recovers, a stranger, Abdul Sharif brings her news that Tariq has died.

Thousand splendids sun

Nana perceives this to be betrayal and regards as an act of desertion.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns