Reading for FUN for a change
Published on July 9 2007
I've been buried in too many textbooks lately. So yesterday I searched ebooks till I found one that looked promising. Whoa. This is one of the best stories I've read in a very long time. I'm back to another habit, too--barreling through the first reading in one sitting before settling back to savor the second time. Just can't wait to see how it ends. From the Amazon review:
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 loved this line on how forgiveness comes to us....
"...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.")