A Thousand Splendid Suns

how do we know it is in third person?

how do we know it is written in third person , what is significant about it, and what effect does it have on the reader.

is there a quote to prove it is in third person perspective?

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The story is told from an omniscient third person. The writing is clearly in this form (note the lack of first person or "I") An external narrator allows some distance and objectivity. The characters are very developed and must deal with endless crises in a country fraught with discord. The reader needs some kind of buffer between the intensity of the story and the world that the reader (most readers) are used to.