The way Afghani writers present their nation on paper is absolutely breathtaking. It’s not like they do not present the darkness, they do. But for once, when all the guns fall on the ground and the air is not filled with grief, Afghanistan grows out of the ashes like a phoenix. Books by Afghani writers, both from Afghanistan and in the diaspora, especially those of Khaled Hosseini, splendidly portray the people and culture of Afghanistan. The people come out as living, breathing warriors, and not just as mute victims. Their sorrows and their happiness are equally celebrated.
One such book by Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns, celebrates two extremely brave women from Afghanistan. The novel is an experience of a lifetime, it grows into you and stays with you for a long, long time. It shatters your heart, rips your soul apart, and leaves you gasping for air. That’s the power of this novel. But it doesn’t just break you, it also makes you stronger. The lesson of love, tolerance, and courage that this fictional tale gives you is unreal. Let’s have a look at some of the best quotes from A Thousand Splendid Suns.
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1. “A man’s heart is a wretched, wretched thing. It isn’t like a mother’s womb. It won’t bleed. It won’t stretch to make room for you.”
2. “One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,
Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”
3. “The past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and its accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion”
4. “Each snowflake was a sigh heard by an aggrieved woman somewhere in the world. All the sighs drifted up the sky, gathered into clouds, then broke into tiny pieces that fell silently on the people below. As a reminder of how women suffer.”
5. “Tell your secret to the wind, but don’t blame it for telling the trees.”
6. “A woman who will be like a rock in a riverbed, enduring without complaint, her grace not sullied but shaped by the turbulence that washes over her.”
7. “You cannot stop you from being who you are.”
8. “It always falls on the sober to pay for the sins of the drunk.”
9. “Like a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman.”
10. “Marriage can wait. Education cannot…Because a society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated, Laila. No chance.”
Every line of this beautiful story pulls the strings of the reader’s heart. It’s difficult to keep this book down once you have started reading it. Not just this novel but also the other 2 novels (The Kite Runner and And The Mountains Echoed) by Khaled Hosseini are unforgettable and equally brilliant. Did these lines have an impact on you? What are some of the other quotes from A Thousand Splendid Suns that you like? Do let me know in the comments section.