A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini)

Set against the backdrop of Afghanistan’s troubled history, A Thousand Splendid Suns follows the intertwined lives of Mariam and Laila. Through their individual struggles, the story explores themes of love, abuse, resilience, and the enduring power of hope in the face of adversity.

Author: Khaled Hosseini
Year of publication: 2007
Pages: 372





Plot Complexity: low
Language Complexity: moderate
Ideas Complexity: moderate

The language in used in the A Thousand Splendid Suns is moderately complex, striking a balance between simplicity and intricacy. It incorporates a range of vocabulary and sentence structures beyond the basics, offering depth and variety to the narrative. The ideas explored in the novel are moderately complex, delving deeper into certain themes or concepts. While they may require some contemplation, they remain accessible to most readers. The plot of the novel has a moderate level of complexity, with a balance between simplicity and intricacy. It mainly has one plot line with some twists and turns, and a moderate number of characters.


A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years—from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding—that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives—the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness—are inextricable from the history playing out around them.

Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love—a stunning accomplishment.

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