Wednesday, June 07, 2006
I've been reading this book. 'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini. It's a really, really nice book! Argh, it is the kind of book that converses with you when you read it. When you read something good happening in it, you'll smile, ponder and laugh aloud. When you read something disastrous happening, you whine and scold the character involved, as if he ever existed. When you read about something ominous, you feel nervous and wonder what would happen next. That's the kind of book this one is like, and believe me when I say I am full with emotions when I read it. At one point of time, I messaged wally to curse a character in the book, for being such an asshole. Haha. I still think he's an asshole. I don't want to spend too much time trying to tell you what the book is about, so I'll leave you with a synopsis from amazon.com: In his debut novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini accomplishes what very few contemporary novelists are able to do. He manages to provide an educational and eye-opening account of a country's political turmoil--in this case, Afghanistan--while also developing characters whose heartbreaking struggles and emotional triumphs resonate with readers long after the last page has been turned over. And he does this on his first try.
The Kite Runner follows the story of Amir, the privileged son of a wealthy businessman in Kabul, and Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant. As children in the relatively stable Afghanistan of the early 1970s, the boys are inseparable. They spend idyllic days running kites and telling stories of mystical places and powerful warriors until an unspeakable event changes the nature of their relationship forever, and eventually cements their bond in ways neither boy could have ever predicted. Even after Amir and his father flee to America, Amir remains haunted by his cowardly actions and disloyalty. In part, it is these demons and the sometimes impossible quest for forgiveness that bring him back to his war-torn native land after it comes under Taliban rule. ("...I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.") Some of the plot's turns and twists may be somewhat implausible, but Hosseini has created characters that seem so real that one almost forgets that The Kite Runner is a novel and not a memoir. At a time when Afghanistan has been thrust into the forefront of America's collective consciousness ("people sipping lattes at Starbucks were talking about the battle for Kunduz"), Hosseini offers an honest, sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, but always heartfelt view of a fascinating land. Perhaps the only true flaw in this extraordinary novel is that it ends all too soon.
I highly recommend this book. And as wally has said before, it's going to be a movie. Bless them for having an eye for quality, wally included. =) Hope it stays true to the story, as movies have a tendency of betraying the original goodies.
That's it. Oh, eileen, still praying for your safety in the US. Heh.