Laila’s mother was never able to let go of the past and allow herself to move on from her son’s deaths.She was unable or unwilling to see her daughter and her husband as a way to make a happier future.
As a reader of both The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, I believe that Hosseini is successful in communicating the viewpoint of Afghani women during this period (1964-2003).
He expresses the gut-wrenching details and the poor and hazardous living conditions of the characters, which reaches you emotionally.
World Literature 4 September 12 A Thousand Splendid Suns Essay "Women like us. It's all we have." Mariam, the child of a wealthy man and his house maid, lived by this quote all her life.
The quote also applies to Laila, a woman who was raised in a modern household with education.
Neither of them would have been willing to just give up so they persevered and tried to make the best of the situations they faced.
They both tried to have an optimistic view in a life that seemed to have little joy.
The fact that Jalil’s daughters plan to go to university suggests that a university education for women is not uncommon among the middle and upper classes.
Mariam and Rasheed’s observations of Kabul reveal that many women in the city forgo head coverings and dress in a modern style; they are shown working in offices and walking around the city alone.
Not only does Hosseini tell a story of women trying to survive, but he gives the reader knowledge of a lifestyle that is foreign, yet so real.
I would recommend A Thousand Splendid Suns to any reader who has a thirst for knowledge and is looking for an engrossing story.