ENGLISH Contextual Linking- Wider Reading

Notes and context of a few wider reading pieces

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hossieni

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS - Themes and Possible Links:

  • Gender (equality and religion and socail expectations)
  • Prejudice (generally) 
  • Isolation (Mirriam particuarly)
  • War (The implications of it & langauge used to describe it)


  • "Like the needle of a compass that points north, a man's accusing finger will always find a woman. Always"   Nana to Young Mirriam
  • "It had never occued to young Mirriam the injustice of apologizing for the manner of her own birth"
  • "Looked me directly in the eye without shame" Rasheed on women in his shop

Other Points: Nana is bitter and wronged, Mirriam a first is subdued; her husband restricts her, Rasheed is a cruel man; but this is due to his past grief. Published 2007.

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Birdsong by Sebastian Faulkes

BIRDSONG- Themes and Possible Links:

  • War (Depersonalistion and horrific experiences of soldiers)
  • Historical Identity
  • Isolation


  • "Names reeling, teeming over furlongs...of yards of stone" (Liz overawed by number of missing and the amomity of it- Stalin's quote)
  • " I saw the great void in your soul and you saw mine" Stephan to Grey
  • " We've heard it all on the news, we're all doing our bit" Weir's father to Weir

Other Points;  Mainly the depersonalisation of war; how it almost takes away a persons identity.  CONTEXT; written in 1995, how we percieve things in hindsight

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