I had read this book immediately after “The Kite Runner” but somehow did not write about it till now. “A Thousand Splendid Suns” is the second book written by the same author Khaled Hosseini. This book did not become as famous as the kite runner but I think this was much more complex and real in its presentation. That was also the reason that I was finding it difficult to write about this book.
The story in this book is about two women who are growing up in Afghanistan during the difficult years filled with communism, war and religious fundamentalism. These two women though coming from different circumstances and families end up marrying the same person. Initially they have enmity towards each other but slowly they start to like each other. In the end the elder woman end up killing her husband for being abusive towards them and takes up the blame and saves the younger woman.
The story opens up the life of women in war-torn country and how their life could go from one extreme to another due to the circumstances around them. More than that, it is the interplay of emotions between the two women. On one hand they are fighting for the love and security from the same person, their husband, but then they are united against his tyranny. When we read about the lives of these people, we really feel blessed with the security and peace of our own environment. It is true that more men die in wars on the front but it is equally true that women and children pay a very heavy price that is mostly invisible but much more horrifying.