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KimJapan Sep 22nd, 2007 10:30 PM

Book Recommendation - One Thousand Secret Suns
 
by Khaled Hosseini

I just finished this book and have to say it is just excellent. Although it is not a happy story, it is elegantly written...I couldn't put it down.

KimJapan Sep 22nd, 2007 10:34 PM

Wrong title...One thousand SPLENDID suns.

Craig Sep 23rd, 2007 02:31 AM

For those unfamiliar, Hosseini is the Author of The Kite Runner.

My wife is currently reading it - I get to read it next...

glorialf Sep 23rd, 2007 03:31 AM

I was a bit disappointed in this but that may have been because I loved kite Runner so much. While I enjoyed this book and literally read it in one day I didn't feel I learned as much as I did with Kite Runner. That may be because I actually know something about the history since I read a lot of history when I went to the pakistan/afganistan border in 1995 (we only went to the kyber pass but spent almost 10 days on the border area).

jenskar Sep 23rd, 2007 03:00 PM

I think it would have been hard for Hosseini to match the depth and breadth of the Kite Runner -- Splendid Suns showed signs typical of second novels written by authors who put so much into their first, don't you think? I thought he really did an admirable job of crawling inside his female characters for Suns.
The Kite Runner has been made into a film -- can only hope they did it justice.

KimJapan Sep 23rd, 2007 03:28 PM

Well, I didn't read the Kite Runner (but will now). I loved the SPlendid Suns though...I thought the characters were real and the story well spun and the writing very, very good. It's been a long time since I've found a book to hold my attention...and this one did.

CFW Oct 3rd, 2007 06:21 PM

I loved both his books. Great characters, both beautifully written, and incredible stories.

BostonHarbor Oct 4th, 2007 05:32 PM

Absolutely loved Kite Runner, found Splendid Suns tiresome and disappointing.

Kite Runner is coming out as a film in December (just delayed this week due to Paramount working on moving out the families of the Afghanistan young actors who they feel may be in danger--NY Times story today--rape scene is an issue even though nothing is explicit). I cannot envision Splendid Suns being a movie.


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