Khaled HosseiniKhaled Hosseini was born in Afghanistan but left the country in at the age of 11, eventually moving to the United States where he worked as a doctor. He wrote his first novel, The Kite Runnerin and became a full-time writer a year and a half later. He published his second book, A Thousand Splendid Sunsin Both novels were successful, and by the time of his third publication they had together sold over 38 million copies across 70 countries.
Title[ edit ] The title of the book comes from a line in the Josephine Davis translation of the poem "Kabul",  by the 17th-century Iranian poet Saib Tabrizi: That first novel was a male-dominated story. In the spring ofI went to Kabul, and I recall seeing these burqa-clad women sitting at street corners, with four, five, six children, begging for change.
I remember watching them walking in pairs up the street, trailed by their children in ragged clothes, and wondering how life had brought them to that point I spoke to many of those women in Kabul. Their life stories were truly heartbreaking Though no one woman that I met in Kabul inspired either Laila or Mariam, their voices, faces, and their incredible stories of survival were always with me, and a good part of my inspiration for this novel came from their collective spirit.
The developing story captured me and enabled me to tune out the background noise and get on with the business of inhabiting the world I was creating.
It is split into four parts that focus on individual stories: The last section also happens to be the only part written in the present tense. Mariam lives in a kolba on the outskirts of Herat with her embittered mother, Nana.
Jalil, her father, is a wealthy businessman who owns a cinema and lives in the town with three wives and nine children. Mariam is his illegitimate daughter, and she is prohibited to live with them, but Jalil visits her every Thursday. On her fifteenth birthday, Mariam wants her father to take her to see Pinocchio at his movie theater, against the pleas of her mother.
When he does not show up, she hikes into town and goes to his house. He refuses to see her, and she ends up sleeping on the street.
In the morning, Mariam returns home to find that her mother has committed suicide out of fear that her daughter had deserted her. Jalil arranges for her to be married to Rasheed, a shoemaker from Kabul who is thirty-years her senior. In Kabul, Mariam becomes pregnant seven successive times, but is never able to carry a child to term.
This is a sad, disquieting reality for both Rasheed and Mariam. As their marriage wears on Rasheed gradually becomes more and more abusive. Part Two introduces Laila.
She is a girl growing up in Kabul who is close friends with Tariq, a boy living in her neighborhood. They eventually develop a romantic relationship despite being aware of the social boundaries between men and women in Afghan society.
War comes to Afghanistan, and Kabul is bombarded by rocket attacks. Laila is subsequently taken in by Rasheed and Mariam. After being informed by Abdul Sharif that Tariq has died, she agrees to marry Rasheed, a man eager to have a young and attractive second wife in hopes of having a son with her.
When Laila gives birth to a daughter, Aziza, Rasheed is displeased and suspicious. This results in him becoming abusive towards Laila. Mariam and Laila eventually become confidants and best friends.
They plan to run away from Rasheed and leave Kabul but are caught at the bus station. Rasheed beats them and deprives them of water for several days, almost killing Aziza.
The Taliban has risen to power and imposed harsh rules on the Afghan population, prohibiting women from appearing in public without a male relative.A Thousand Splendid Suns Theme Analysis Lesson Subject: English Language Arts Grades: 9‐12 Timeframe: Four 45 minute sessions Student Outreach for Shelters (SOS) Program Overview This lesson is designed to deepen students’ analysis of the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns.
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A Thousand Splendid Suns: The burqa as a symbol of both the social plight of women and a hidden sense of freedom “Mariam had never before worn a burqa. Rasheed had to help her put it on.
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Author's Message in a "Thousand Splendid Suns"?What is the author's message in a "Thousand Splendid Suns"? Generally the theme is a message about life, or the "moral" of the story.