Compare And Contrast A Thousand Splendid Suns

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A Thousand Splendid Suns is a tale of two women, Mariam and Laila, who came from different backgrounds. But both lived through the harrowing era of war and invasion in Afghanistan. Mariam is a harami, an illegitimate daughter of a famous business owner named Jalil. Her mother used to be Jalil’s servant. Jalil himself already had three wives and nine legitimate children. To avoid shame, Mariam and her mother, or Nana, casted out from his house to live on the outskirt of town in a small shack. Living in poverty, Nana had already felt enough as long as she had Mariam. Still, Mariam wanted more. Everytime Jalil visited them to bring some supplies or gift for Mariam, her need for her father only grew more. She longed for a life where she could live in a same house with her father and her half brothers and sisters. Nana knew that her dream was only just a dream because she could see through Jalil’s affection and gifts. Then on Mariam’s fifteen birthday, she asked a simple gift that would turn her world upside down.
A generation later, Laila was born on the night of the April coup of 1978. She was raised in a family who loved her. Though there are times when life got dark for her family because of the war, her family always supported her. Especially her father. As a university-educated and a teacher, her father never
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I think it’s one of the best books I’ve read. It’s a title that’s difficult to top. Yet, A Thousand Splendid Suns manages to go beyond that. Different from The Kite Runner, this book revolves more around mother-daughter relationship and women’s role in society, especially Afghan society. This speaks more to me than The Kite Runner because I’m a woman and I’m a daughter so I could relate more to this story. Set in Afghanistan during war and invasion, their tragic story becomes even more tragic with all the death around the characters. It’s an eye opener to the horrible events in Afghanistan years
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