A Thousand Splendid Suns : Handout

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A Thousand Splendid Suns: Handout
By: Victoria, Claire, Maria and Randy
The Author:
Khaled Hosseini, was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1965. In March 2001, Hosseini began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner. This novel went on to become an international bestseller and beloved classic, sold in a minimum of seventy countries worldwide, and spending more than a hundred weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. In May 2007, his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, remaining in that spot for fifteen weeks and nearly an entire year.
The Novel:
The storyline of A Thousand Splendid Suns explains three decades of a civil war in Afghanistan along with the Taliban, taking over government which is all seen in the perspective of two Afghan women. Mariam, the daughter of a rich Afghan businessman, is forced to marry a man (Rasheed) at the age of fifteen. Rasheed becomes a very aggressive man when Mariam fails to produce a child. Almost twenty years later, Rasheed marries another woman fourteen-year-old Laila after her parents have been killed by a rocket fire in Kabul. At the end of the storyline, each woman is forced to accept paths that they will never truly be happy with. Mariam sacrifices her life to the Taliban to save Laila after they both murder Rasheed. Laila then marries her childhood love becomes a school teacher and continues to live her life happily.
The treatment of women in Afghanistan:
Afghan women

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