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A Tale of Survival and Friendship

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A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled HosseiniIf there were a library that organised its books by theme rather than alphabetically or by broad genre, the shelf labelled ‘Happy Books About Afghanistan’ would be one of the emptiest in the shop. A Thousand Splendid Suns would not be on that shelf since it’s almost unremittingly bleak. But by the standards of other books I’ve read about Afghanistan, it’s only scratching the surface.

The Main Characters

Mariam is the illegitimate daughter of Jalil, the cinema owner in the town of Hemat, a man with three official wives who still couldn’t resist dabbling with her mother.

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