Book Club – A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini


This book has really left it’s mark on me. Never in my whole life could I have imagined such pain, fear and brutality as described in this tale.

I’ve heard many people say how this book changed them, including a few peeps who commented on my instagram post recently. I feel the same way.

Earlier this year I read another book by Hosseini, called The Kite Runner, and I was equally moved. This man really paints a vivid picture of life in Afghanistan – the suffering and brutality of it all.

A Thousand Splendid suns has the following storyline:

Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism.”

Through the pain and brutality of life in Afghanistan, through the characters of Mariam and Laila – humanity, spirit and above all love shine through. I could only read this book a little bit at a time as there were chapters where I literally held my breath. I wished with all my heart that what was about to happen, would not happen. But it did.

I really am a changed person after reading this book. More thankful. More appreciative of where I live and the people in my life.

This book forces us to acknowledge and recognise not only the suffering of people (especially women) in this world but also about survival, forgiveness and real love.

The greatest novel I have read in a long time and one that will stay with me forever.

Have you read it? What are you thoughts on it?

This month I’m reading The Last Rhinos by Lawrence Anthony. This is something I probably wouldn’t choose myself, but this is what I’m enjoying most about Book Club!



  1. catjuggles September 14, 2016

    It is a profound and very moving book. I also enjoyed “The Little Coffee shop of Kabul” a lot.

    • Hayley September 15, 2016

      I haven’t heard of that one yet! Will definitely go and get it 🙂

  2. Barbara K September 14, 2016

    Yes, read it a few years ago and it still remains in my mind. As you say, it really makes you appreciate the rights you have a a woman in a western world. The company section part was the hardest for me to read.

    • Hayley September 15, 2016

      I totally agree. I’m looking forward reading another one of his books.

  3. An Ordinary Gal September 16, 2016

    I cried so much reading this book. It’s definitely one of those that leaves a mark on you.


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