Monday, June 13, 2011

Behind the Curve Catching the Kite

I can not believe I have not read this before! As Steve says, "it's too popular for Britt," which is why I probably passed on it originally but yesterday I finished and discussed The Kite Runner by Kahled Hosseini for book club. It was fabulous. Probably one of the best I have read in the last month or so (if you're just tuning in - I read about 4 a month so it is feasible to say I have a favorite a month).

If you are a Good Reads friend, I apologize for the repetitiveness but: beautifully written, tragic at every turn, and the ending was sublimely beautiful. Amir, who is the definition of an anti-hero, and his best friend Hassan's complicated relationship manages to capture history, parent/child relationship dynamics, and the despair that comes with growing up no matter who or where in the world you are. Crying is guaranteed but it feels good because like Amir, it's easy as a reader to bottle up all of your emotions while you read. Also, like Amir, letting it all out reminds you how human you are to the very core of your being.


Also, if you're wondering about the current 4, I am currently into The Taming of the Shrew (by The Bard of course), The Woman In the Black Dress by Susan Hill, Alice In Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass  by Lewis Carroll, and still shamelessly finishing Wuthering Heights  by Bronte (Emily).

2 comments:

Constant Writer said...

I still need to read Alice in wonderland....
I tried to read the kite runner a year or two ago, but i couldn't get into it. I gave up after 30 or 40 pages, i think. Does it get better later?
I had to get 80 pages into The Dead Zone before I couldn't put it down, but since it's King, I persisted. The Kite Runner was easier to give up on I guess...

Outnumbered said...

I think if I had tried to read it when it was popular I would have put it down. Some of it is just hard to read, I think it's better I waited so long because it definitely holds a place in my heart now that I am older and have a stronger resolve