“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”
A thousand splendid suns is a fiction by Khaled Hosseini. The book has approximately 380 pages(hardcover) published in 2007.
Read this book if and only if you can tolerate extreme sadness.
It is a story about women of Afghanistan. It follows the life of two women Laila and Mariam. Mariam is the daughter of a wealthy business man, Jalil. She lives in a small cottage with her mother and is sent to her father when her mother commits suicide. She is soon married off to an old shoemaker Rasheed.
“Marriage can wait, education cannot.”
On the other side Laila is a girl born on the night the Soviets take over Afghanistan. Life is normal. She attends school and dreams about marrying her best friend cum crush, Tariq. Tariq’s family decides to move to Pakistan since it’s all a chaos and cruelty in here. They go away. Laila’s family is supposed to go too but some stray rocket kills her parents. She is taken care by Rasheed and Mariam. Laila comes to know that Tariq is dead. Rasheed being obsessed with Laila asks her to marry him. Guess what… she agrees(because she is pregnant with Tariq’s child). She plans to escape the hell hole anyways. At first Mariam looks at her as a rival but then both befriend each other through Laila’s daughter Aziza and joins them in their escape mission. Sadly they fail.
Laila later has a son with Rasheed named Zalmai. Due to financial crisis Laila had to send Aziza to an orphanage. One day when she came back after visiting her she finds Tariq waiting for her. She is surprised to see him alive. They talk about all that has happened ever since he left.
Rasheed finds out and beats up Laila.(well that was his pass time!) Women supporting women, Mariam kills Rasheed and saves Laila.
Laila along with Tariq and the kids move to Murree and Mariam stays in Kabul to take the blame of Rasheed’s death and be hanged by the Taliban. At the end of the book we find out Laila is pregnant with another child and plans to name the baby Mariam if it is a girl.
“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,
Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”
Thank you for reading. Have a nice day!