Title[ edit ] The title of the book comes from a line in the Josephine Davis translation of the poem "Kabul",  by the 17th-century Iranian poet Saib Tabrizi: That first novel was a male-dominated story. In the spring ofI went to Kabul, and I recall seeing these burqa-clad women sitting at street corners, with four, five, six children, begging for change. I remember watching them walking in pairs up the street, trailed by their children in ragged clothes, and wondering how life had brought them to that point
Title[ edit ] The title of the book comes from a line in the Josephine Davis translation of the poem "Kabul",  by the 17th-century Iranian poet Saib Tabrizi: I realized that I had found not only the right line for the scene, but also an evocative title in the phrase 'a thousand splendid suns,' which appears in the next-to-last stanza.
That first novel was a male-dominated story. All the major characters, except perhaps for Amir's wife Soraya, were men. There was a whole facet of Afghan society which I hadn't touched on in The Kite Runner, an entire landscape that I felt was fertile with story ideas In the spring ofI went to Kabul, and I recall seeing these burqa-clad women sitting at street corners, with four, five, six children, begging for change.
I remember watching them walking in pairs up the street, trailed by their children in ragged clothes, and wondering how life had brought them to that point I spoke to many of those women in Kabul.
Their life stories were truly heartbreaking Though no one woman that I met in Kabul inspired either Laila or Mariam, their voices, faces, and their incredible stories of survival were always with me, and a good part of my inspiration for this novel came from their collective spirit.
The developing story captured me and enabled me to tune out the background noise and get on with the business of inhabiting the world I was creating. It is split into four parts that focus on individual stories: Part one is about Mariam, part two is on Laila, part three is on the relationship between the two women, and Laila's life with Tariq is in part four.
The last section also happens to be the only part written in the present tense. Mariam lives in a kolba on the outskirts of Herat with her embittered mother, Nana.
Jalil, her father, is a wealthy businessman who owns a cinema and lives in the town with three wives and nine children.
Mariam is his illegitimate daughter, and she is prohibited to live with them, but Jalil visits her every Thursday. On her fifteenth birthday, Mariam wants her father to take her to see Pinocchio at his movie theater, against the pleas of her mother.
When he does not show up, she hikes into town and goes to his house. He refuses to see her, and she ends up sleeping on the street. In the morning, Mariam returns home to find that her mother has committed suicide out of fear that her daughter had deserted her.
Mariam is then taken to live in her father's house.
Jalil arranges for her to be married to Rasheed, a shoemaker from Kabul who is thirty-years her senior. In Kabul, Mariam becomes pregnant seven successive times, but is never able to carry a child to term. This is a sad, disquieting reality for both Rasheed and Mariam.
Ultimately Rasheed grows more and more despondent over his wife's inability to have a child and particularly a son. As their marriage wears on Rasheed gradually becomes more and more abusive. Part Two introduces Laila.
She is a girl growing up in Kabul who is close friends with Tariq, a boy living in her neighborhood. They eventually develop a romantic relationship despite being aware of the social boundaries between men and women in Afghan society.
War comes to Afghanistan, and Kabul is bombarded by rocket attacks. Tariq's family decides to leave the city, and the emotional farewell between Laila and Tariq culminates with them making love. Laila's family also decides to leave Kabul, but as they are packing a rocket destroys the house, killing her parents and severely injuring Laila.
Laila is subsequently taken in by Rasheed and Mariam. After recovering from her injuries, Laila discovers that she is pregnant with Tariq's child.
After being informed by Abdul Sharif that Tariq has died, she agrees to marry Rasheed, a man eager to have a young and attractive second wife in hopes of having a son with her. When Laila gives birth to a daughter, Aziza, Rasheed is displeased and suspicious. This results in him becoming abusive towards Laila.
Mariam and Laila eventually become confidants and best friends. They plan to run away from Rasheed and leave Kabul but are caught at the bus station. Rasheed beats them and deprives them of water for several days, almost killing Aziza.The Writing Style of Khaled Hosseini in "A Thousand Splendid Suns Words May 22nd, 6 Pages The writing style of Khaled Hosseini in A Thousand Splendid Suns is both sympathetic and disgusted.
Charlene Wu Mrs. Zachik World Literature November 8, A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead Books, May 22 Laila, from Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, is a product of her environment.
She’s shaped by warfare, by her family and by her education. The writing style of Khaled Hosseini in A Thousand Splendid Suns is both sympathetic and disgusted.
He feels pity on those that bear the burden of the war. He shows this mostly through the use of two major literary devices: Symbolism and Imagery.
Khaled Hosseini recaptures the beauty of Afghanistan, and in particular the city of Kabul, in his novel A Thousand Splendid Suns. He follows the journey of two young women who are forced into oppressed lives, yet he highlights their strength and resilience throughout their ordeals: a reminder of the spirit of the women of Afghanistan, in spite.
"A Thousand Splendid Suns" is a work of fiction that is based on reality. The story of the two women Mariam and Laila and the terrible things that happen to them in an environment where men have.
A Thousand Splendid Suns recounts the experiences and emotions of two Afghani women, Mariam and Laila, whose lives become entangled with the history of recent wars in their country. Mostly bleak.