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Book reviews A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

I have read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini which left me with a lot of feelings. When I finished this book, I immediately remembered that Haruki Murakami mentioned in his book that “Each individual experiences pain in their own way, and they each bear their own unique scars.” (I translated from English to Vietnamese, and forgive me if this sentence has the wrong grammar or meaning).

Marami is harami which means child born out of wedlock. Her mother is Nana, and his father is Jalil. She and her mother live in their shelter located far away from Herat city in Afghanistan. Every Thursday, she always waits for her father happily and the gift of the waiting is sweets and love from her father. She loves him and respects the appearance of him in her life. However, her mother really hated him because of the denial. He had three wives and many children. In his opinion, Mariam is an accident. She never believes the negative words of Nana who always swears Jalil. Nana always told her daughter: “Like a compass facing north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always.”

On her birthday, she knows that her mother is right. Also, she lost both her mother and father on the same day. Subsequently, she is compelled to enter into a marriage with Rasheed, a man who is almost 30 years her senior.

The childhood of Laila is very different from Mariam's. She is full of love from both her parents, attends school with her friends, and falls in love with Tariq. However, the war and political problems strip away her parents, her friends, and her first. She is saved by Rasheed. Faced with the impending arrival of her unborn child with Tariq, she has no choice but to marry him.

Their lives remind me of the quote "A happy child uses their childhood to embrace life, while an unhappy child spends their entire life trying to heal their childhood." Rasheed treats Laila and Mariam very violently. However, the way they react with extreme brutality is different. Mariam puts up with the strike and blow of her husband, she never has resistance. But, Laila is braver and more powerful than Mariam, she is always ready to stand up for herself and use all the power she has to fight his husband. One time, Mariam asked Laila: “How can you do it?”Laila answers: “I was not taught to tolerate it.”

Mariam learned from Laila many life lessons. Her children taught Mariam how to love others, and the strength of Laila taught her how to confront her own values. Their journey to the freedom and happiness of them makes us have a lot of emotional feelings. In the end, Mariam gathers the courage to stand up to Rasheed, overcoming her challenges and fighting for her loved ones. It's a really good thing she does, and readers feel happy about it.

Ending chapters made me cry a lot and I couldn't hold back my tears.

I appreciate my life, appreciate my country where I can read this book, and don't worry about the bombs taking my loved ones away. I appreciate that I have a good job, access to health care services, and the freedom to hang out with friends without any man controlling me.

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