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A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini. Afghanistan is revealed. The female oppression is clearly portrayed in the midst of war. Girls as young as thirteen are being married off to men who are old enough to be their grandfathers. The Taliban makes it worse when they forbid them from going to school. Despite these suffering, the female gender still manages to triumph over this. This interesting novel by Khaled Hosseini, the successful writer of the bestseller, The Kite Runner is a deeply moving story that that portrays the women struggle in Afghanistan. The novel is based on two heroic women Mariam and Laila who fight for the happiness of their loved ones. ...read more.


Her malicious stepmothers then marry her off to Rasheed, an elderly widower from Kabul, a fairly good way for her once precious father to forget her. Her marriage deteriorates after her miscarriages and the doctors prove that she is infertile. The marriage gets worse over the years especially when Rasheed marries a thirteen year old orphan, Laila. At first the relationship between Mariam and Laila is a brutal one since Mariam feels she has been replaced by someone as young as her miscarriage children. When Laila disappoints Rasheed by baring a daughter, she too finds herself the target of his cruelty. But out of this unhappy household grows a friendship which will bind the two women in a union as close as any marriage, and which will endure beyond Mariam's suicide. ...read more.


'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. His first book The kite runner is mainly about brotherly love but I prefer his second book since it is a reality. I think Hosseini achieved a lot because I could relate the events of the book to personal experience. 'Only the hardest of hearts could fail to be moved', Glamour. Indeed the book is representing Afghan women in a realistic way. I would recommend this book for people who advocate for change in terms of female gender bias and oppression, The book invite you to their sorrow. I am certain that potential readers would weep, if not at least sigh at the end of the story. ?? ?? ?? ?? Laura Otieno IB2 GCSE Book Review ...read more.

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