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A Thousand Splendid Suns and the Kite Runner Book Reviews

Emma Schuren, Staff Writer

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All senior English students had to read A Thousand Splendid Suns for English 12 classes, which was difficult for some students because it was near the end of the year. After surprising myself and actually reading the book, I checked out The Kite Runner, which is written by the same author. A Thousand Splendid Suns is written from the female perspective of women living in Afghanistan during the Taliban takeover, while The Kite Runner is written in the male perspective. Both of these books share similar themes, but both have different yet compelling story lines.

The Kite Runner focuses on two men’s friendships after an incident that tests it. It focuses on highlighting the harsh conditions after the Taliban takes over. The main character strives for his father, or Baba’s, love throughout the entire novel. While the Kite Runner is about male friendships, A Thousand Splendid Suns is about women’s friendships in Afghanistan and showcases the strong bonds between two wives of a man named Rasheed. The author, Khaled Hosseini, chose to talk about life and the roles of women in Afghanistan, which is rarely done. It allows for people all over the world to see the conditions that Afghanistan is in from the Taliban.

After reading both of these novels, I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a compelling read. They had characters that made you want to keep reading, storylines that kept you guessing, and tragic circumstances that kept the book interesting and made it worth reading. I would rate The Kite Runner 4/5 stars because it was very intense and an interesting read, but the book focused on males in Afghanistan, which was hard to relate to as a woman in the United States. I would rate A Thousand Splendid Suns 4.5/5 because there were many plot twists that I didn’t see coming, fleshed out characters, and great writing.

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