Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini's book, the Kite Runner, wore me out. Literally. I made the mistake of opening it up about 8pm last night. I finished around 2am. My obvious fascination with Afghanistan aside, it is a very good read. The author also manages to cover a period of time that people don't often know about, the end of the monarchy in Afghanistan. Give it a look.


Blogger maggie katzen said...

my mom has loaned rto this book, but we haven't read it yet. she's curious to know what he thinks about it.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I finished this book about a month ago and had the same reaction. It was easily the best book I've read in a long time. I had "gasping" moments...so much so that the person sitting next to me on the plane finally said, "What book are you reading?"

The only bad thing was that the author won't have another book out until 2006, but I'm anxiously awaiting its arrival!

10:30 PM  
Blogger CSMBones said...

I thought the book was outstanding. I was reminded of Said, Belal, Commander Commander, etc. and the rest of the older gentleman we worked with the whole time I consummed this book. As we deal with higher feul costs or vanished blonds in Aruba, most of us would not be able to comprehend real disaster or loss. Only Afghans would draw blood flying kites. Another Kipling moment?

11:59 PM  
Blogger Major John said...

You are right - Belal's stories of Kabul in the 1960s and 70s might have been a reason that the story resonated so strongly with me. [for those of you wondering what we are talking about - Belal Abawi was an Afghan who had fled to the US, became a citizen and then returned on contract to interpret for us. He had many stories of Kabul "back in the day"].

8:45 AM  

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