I wish I can reach out my hand to Laila, Mariam and Aziza!

** spoilers a thousand splendid suns

khaled al Hosseini has just managed to make me cry again. I had to stop now at the moment where Laila was letting go of her daughter Aziza because of the famine. I feel so much anger and rage inside of me. Anger for the injustice those women had to endure because of the stupidity of men. They are no fictional characters, I can see their suffering reflected on many women in the history of humanity in a way or another.

I wish I was there to hug both Laila and Aziza, to hug also Mariam, and maybe Nana (Laila’s mother). 3 generation of women suffering at the hand of man for different reasons. One being a maid who got pregnant by her master and then having to pay for it for the rest of her life by raising up a so called bastard. And then the so called young bastard girl who had to pay for her parents mistake the whole of her life, being forced to marry a much older man at the age of 14 in order to get rid of her!

And then comes Laila, the beautiful young girl whose life turned upside down when her parents got killed in a missile that hit their own house, she woke up in a house of a stranger, the same man who is married to Mariam. With no way out because of the war, and with a child in her womb herself (the child she gives away later on!) from the man who she adored and whom also died because of the war, she agrees to be the second wife and pass on her daughter as his.

How many women are their in this world who has been forced to protect their children this way? What kind of justice is this where the only way to protect your child is by passing him on as another’s man child? What kind of justice is there in this world when a woman gives away her own daughter because she can’t feed it? and what kind of justice is there when you are called a bastard for something you have nothing to do with?!!

When would men stop abusing women?!! Really?!!


  1. When you reviewed the Kite Runner I had to go out and buy it. I also bought this book at the same time. I haven’t gotten a chance to read either, but I am actually the sort of person who has to know the end of a book or movie before I start it. I enjoy a well written book as much as anyone, but I need to be prepared for the sad parts.

    I think the way that you review books is interesting. It makes me want to go out and read the books, but I have always loved books. I have skimmed a few pages of The Kite Runner and I had to put it down because I knew that once I started reading it, I wouldn’t be able to stop.


  2. Thank you!
    “A Thousand Splendid Suns” may be may be the best novel I’ve ever read, I finished it two months ago and told everyone about it, thank you for a great review, this must be exactly how I felt while reading it, trust me it gets better, and you will deifinitely cry again!!
    I will read ‘The Kite runner” soon, but haven’t read your review since I don’t like spoilers (kinda my weakness point lol)


  3. I even cried more when I read this one .. and felt so bad for all the women that these characters represented … it is a cruel world out there and I hated the character of Rasheed so much ….

    I think that you finished the story by now and so that you will cry more at the end ..

    Thanks for sharing this .. and I hope that it will get more people to read the book because it really shows how far abuse and torture can reach when one loses his humanity … good stuff


  4. Tina, hehehe, I am glad that you like my reviews. Both books are really good. I am about to finish this one. It has been a long sad dramatic journey 🙂

    Bardees, you should check out the kite runner as well, it is a bit different than this one but you’ll like it. It got me crying as well.

    I felt so bad when Mariam was sentenced to death! Life wasn’t good to her as he put it! 😦

    Khalidah, I hated Rasheed as well! Really hated it! I am in the last chapter now where they decide to go back to kabul. I hope that things would go better from here.


  5. 😦 I have been reading it for a few days now! and I reached more than the half! and I 😦 did a lot of crying too.. in the office mostly!
    Khaled Hosseini Did a great great Job writing those two Novels!
    A thousand Splendid suns.. Is a novel that I would never forget! i’ll be sad when Its finished!


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