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Part 4, Chapters 48-51

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Re: Part 4, Chapters 48-51

Please use this thread to discuss the end of the novel, from chapter 48, (p.334), through chapter 51, (p.367).
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Re: Part 4, Chapters 48-51: Mariam signs her name to 2 documents, 27 years apart

I love the artful literary craftsmanship of this novel.

On page 326, Mr Hosseini ties a foreshadowing from p. 49 to excellent use.

(p.49) "Mariam signed her name--the meem, the reh, the ya, and the meem again---conscious of all the eyes on her hand. The next time Mariam signed her name to a document, twenty-seven years later, a mullah would again be present.
"You are now husband and wife," the mullah said. "Tabreek. Congratulations."

When I read this paragraph on page 49, I wondered what document she would sign again in 27 years, with a mullah present.

(p. 326)
"Before they led her out, Mariam was given a document, told to sign beneath her statement and the mullahs sentence. As the three Taliban watched, Mariam wrote it out, her name--the meem, the reh, the yah, and the meem--remembering the last time she'd signed her name to a document, twenty-seven years before, at Jalil's table, beneath the watchful gaze of another mullah."

Amazing powerful writing!

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