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A Thousand Splendid Suns Synopsis

Photograph by Philip Newton

Music by Sheila Silver
Libretto by Stephen Kitsakos
Tailored from the novel by Khaled Hosseini

Fifteen-year-old Mariam, the cast-off bastard baby of a wealthy father, is pressured to go away her
rural dwelling after her mom’s suicide and marry a middle-aged shoemaker from Kabul
named Rasheed. Alone, scared and compelled to put on the burqa, one thing unfamiliar to her,
she tries her finest to be a dutiful spouse however is unable to conceive a toddler. Consequently, she
lives a loveless existence with a husband who abuses her repeatedly for her failure to provide
him a son.

Years later, as competing factions of sectarian warlords safe a stranglehold on Kabul, a
bomb explodes in Mariam’s neighborhood killing the mother and father of fourteen-year-old Laila, a
fashionable, educated, ravishing magnificence. Rasheed brings the wounded lady to his dwelling and
Mariam, reluctantly, nurses her again to well being. Rasheed, now a sixty-year previous man,
schemes to get Laila to marry him by concocting a narrative that her beloved fiancée, Tariq,
who was pressured to flee to Pakistan together with his mother and father, has been killed. Laila, secretly carrying
Tariq’s baby, agrees to marry Rasheed, hoping to create a protected haven for the kid.

At first Mariam is chilly to Laila, however progressively the ladies bond over Laila’s child, a woman
named Aziza, in addition to their hatred of Rasheed, who abuses them bodily and
psychologically. Ultimately the Taliban rise to energy and life in Kabul turns into extra
oppressive. When the 2 wives and Aziza try a daring escape from the town they’re
caught on the Kabul central bus station, escalating Rasheed’s abuse and anger. Though
Laila finally provides Rasheed the son he has at all times wished, the violence continues.

The turning level comes when Tariq, Laila’s beloved, returns to Kabul and finds her.
Rasheed learns of Tariq’s go to to the home and in an act of maximum rage begins to strangle
Laila. Mariam, refusing to face silent, saves Laila’s life by hitting Rasheed on the top
with a shovel, killing him.

Mariam convinces Laila to flee with Tariq and Laila’s two kids. She’s going to stay behind
to take accountability for killing Rasheed, figuring out that she will likely be sentenced to dying. As
Mariam walks to her execution, an understanding of her life brings her a way of selfworth
and religious peace: she has beloved and been beloved. She saved Laila’s life and has
lived a lifetime of consequence. She is aware of that Allah will forgive her.



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