Comparing A Thousand Splendid Sons and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even in a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime…” –Khaled Hosseini. The comparison between the novel, A Thousand Splendid Sons, and movie, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is inevitable. In both cases, each character goes through changes, leaving what was once a part of their daily routines just a memory. The Kite Runner is a movie about friendship, betrayal, and the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of their lies. A Thousand Splendid Suns is an outstanding, heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love. It focuses on two women; mothers and daughters, and their complications with living in Afghanistan. Despite the fact these stories aren’t sequels; there are several similarities and difference amongst the two, making some question if they are indeed linked together. “I also think that A Thousand Splendid Suns is, in some ways, a more ambitious book than my first novel [The Kite Runner]. The story is multigenerational, unfolding over almost forty-five years, often skipping ahead years. There is a larger cast of characters, and a dual perspective, and the wars and political turmoil in Afghanistan are chronicled with more detail than in The Kite Runner.” – Khaled Hosseini. Afghanistan; Taliban controlled, discrimination and love everywhere yet nowhere at the same time. It’s a nation where culture and tradition are of immense importance, especially to the older generation. Over 53% of Afghan population is below the poverty line, making the country one of the Earth’s poorest. Life would be lived on a day to day basis, not knowing if it’s safe to be outside, when... ... middle of paper ... ...n childhood toys such as bikes, swing sets, and televisions. A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner are in many ways very different, yet similar. Similar in the sense that they both give readers the outlook on Afghan culture and what they went through during those rough years dealing with the Taliban. Different in being that A Thousand Splendid Suns is written from a female perspective, which was beneficial to get the true feel and emotion they dealt with on a daily basis. In contrast, The Kite Runner is told from a male perspective, teaching more about morals, and life lessons while still sharing Afghan history. “When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband; rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness...” – Baba (The Kite Runner)

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