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Who was Sanaubar in The Kite Runner most like in The Thorn Birds and A Thousand Splendid Suns?

Sanaubar in The Kite Runner is most like Laila in A Thousand Splendid Suns. She is not particularly similar to any character in The Thorn Birds, but Meggie Cleary is perhaps the closest, although she is the protagonist and Sanaubar is a fairly minor character.

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Sanaubar in The Kite Runner is described principally in terms of the effect she has on men. Her beauty and the confidence it gives her make Sanaubar a conspicuous figure, whose influence on the story extends well beyond her actual presence in it. She is unconventional, free-spirited, and contemptuous of her husband, Ali, preferring Baba, with whom she sleeps before running away even from him.

In her beauty, free-spirited nature, and independence, Sanaubar most resembles Laila in A Thousand Splendid Suns . Laila is a more developed and...

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