A Thousand Splendid Suns is the second novel, released in 2007 by writer Khaled Hosseini, a US native Afghanistan. The book quickly became a best-seller, followed the success of the novel The Kite Runner year 2003 his. Combined, both novels have sold 38 million copies worldwide.
The time in the novel spans more than 40 years from the 60s of the 20th century to 2003. The novel is divided into four parts: Part 1 focuses on describing Mariam, part 2 and 4 describe Laila and part 3 describes relationship between two women.
On the outskirts of Herat, a little girl named Mariam lives with her impatient and estranged mother. Mariam’s father, Jalil, is a businessman who owns a cinema and lives in Herat with three wives and many children. Jalil often visits Mariam, his illegitimate child, every Thursday. On her fifteenth birthday, Mariam wants her father to show Pinocchioat his cinema, wearing his mother’s discouragement. When he did not arrive, she went to his house by herself, was denied entry and had to spend the night outside. When forced to return home, Mariam found her mother committed suicide out of fear that her daughter had abandoned her. She was sent to live in Jalil’s house, but his wives urged him to arrange for Mariam to marry Rasheed, a shoemaker in Kabul, who is nearly thirty years her senior. Mariam resisted but was forced, forced to accept. In Kabul, Rasheed initially treated her well. However, when Mariam miscarried many times, their relationship deteriorated and he became increasingly irritable, beating her for not giving him a son.
Laila is a girl who lives near the Mariam couple’s home because of a lost rocket, losing her parents, being tricked into saying that her childhood friend and lover Tariq died when she went to Pakistan as a refugee and was pregnant to Rasheed as a wife. Perhaps to find support for the mother and daughter, to believe that Rasheed would not know about her pregnancy. At first, Mariam has a grudge against Laila out of fear of Laila taking her place, but when Laila’s daughter Aziza was born, Mariam opened her heart to the child and became close to Laila. They attempted to run away, but in the middle of the road they were discovered and sent back to the Rasheed family, continuing to live a life abused by their husband.
A few years later, the Taliban came to power and manipulated life in Afghanistan. They passed many strict laws against women, including the prohibition of women going out alone without a male relative. At this time, Laila had a second child, Zalmai, with Rasheed. After the fire that destroyed Rasheed’s shop, Aziza was forced to go to the orphanage because of her difficult family situation. One day, Tariq appeared and reunited with Laila, but his appearance caused Rasheed to madly beat Laila violently. To protect Laila, Mariam used a shovel to kill Rasheed, then she confessed to avoid the reunited young couple from taking responsibility. Finally, she was executed. And Laila and Tariq with two children fled to Pakistan.
When the Taliban fell, Laila and Tariq, now husband and wife, returned home to repair the orphanage in Kabul, and Laila worked as teachers there. Laila goes to where Mariam used to live and receives the items that Mariam’s father gave back to his daughter before his death that Mariam never came to accept.