S is for Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

In my post for the letter K I wrote about The Kite Runner (link here) I also mentioned it was not my favourite Khaled Hosseini novel, because that honour belongs to A Thousand Splendid Suns.

I love this book, it is definitely one of my favourites and the story is so moving, but I really don't want to give away any spoilers because you must read this book if you haven't. As with the Kite Runner, Hosseini's writing is beautiful and it gives an insight into life in Afghanistan from the time of the Soviet invasion right through the rule of the Taliban. This story for me is even more moving than the Kite Runner and it focuses on the lives of two women, Mariam and Laila and their painful relationship with one another, the men in their lives, and the tumultuous situation in Afghanistan. This book is full of suspense, and it will have you crying multiple times.

I said I didn't want to put in any spoilers but I feel like I have to right now, so if you don't want spoilers don't read on! One of the reasons I love this book so much is because Mariam's death reminds me a lot of Jesus. This is because of the way she takes the fall for killing the husband so that Laila can go on and live her life with her children and the man she truly loves. It's a beautiful illustration of self sacrificial love, and dying for the freedom of everybody else, a lot like Jesus' sacrificial death on the cross.