Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

It was Khaled Hosseini’s second book that I read. The first one was his latest book, “And the Mountains Echoed”. Both were stories written about family life in Afghanistan. It was an eye-opener for me about how life in Afghanistan looked like as usually I only heard about the country’s name from the newspaper and television, mostly about war.

I asked few friends’ opinion who read the above book before and they simply said it was good. They didn’t elaborate further and I didn’t ask more too, as I wanted to find out the story myself. I bought this book many months ago and kept it inside the shelf. Only few days ago I told myself that I had to read it this time, no more delay.

As usual, I brought the book with me and read in on my way to work or return back home inside the MRT or bus, during my lunch break, before sleeping and so on. The recent haze had become worse. If there was nothing, I just wanted to return home fast, took a bath, had my dinner, and stayed inside my room. Even stayed in living room was suffering for me as haze still lingered around as I couldn’t stop where the wind blows.

Yesterday night, it was 8pm. I told myself, it’s early and I’d spend myself reading tonight. Let’s see how much I could read. But I’d devote my time just to read this book.

I hid inside the air-con room, covered myself with blanket and turned on the side table lamp beside me. I continued reading. It was from page 101, chapter 9. The first few chapters had already excited me. It was confession, nothing but the truth feeling. As story went on, it brought me with much more excitement. The language that the author used, the feeling that he expressed in the characters, it engrossed me. I kept on reading. I felt that my eyes were glued to the book, didn’t want to stop, just wanted to keep reading, to continue the excitement, to see what would happen next. It blew me up. The story was simply beautiful.

I finally finished reading it at almost 1am. I didn’t care that I would get tired the next morning at work. I didn’t care when my neck was actually paining due to lower down my neck too much while reading it. I even brought the book inside the toilet while having a toilet break as I didn’t want to waste time not to continue the story. And it was all worth it :)

“Because its themes of friendship, betrayal, guilt, redemption and the uneasy love between fathers and sons are universal themes, and not specifically Afghan, the book has been able to reach across cultural, racial, religious and gender gaps to resonate with readers of varying backgrounds.” — Khaled Hosseini, 2005


Sherab Tenzin said...

Going through your view, I too felt push to give it a read. But I don't know whether it's available in any of Thimphu bookstores. Thank you madam Rima.

Rima Reyka said...

This book was published in 2003, it's been more than a decade. You should be able to find it in Thimphu Bookstore. Or you ask around if any of your friend has the copy and borrow it from them :) Hope you can find and enjoy reading it! ^^

Rekha Monger said...

'For you a thousand times over," Ah I love this quote from the book and it remained lingering in me for quite a long time actually. After I read the book I watched the movie, it was heartwrenching both times.

I'm not surprised that you stayed up whole night reading, the book is too irresistible .

Sherab, you can get this book in a lot of bookshops in Thimphu. You will love it. Happy Reading!

Rima Reyka said...

I love the other quote that I put here too Rekha. It is so true! :) And yes, the book is simply incredible and a must read ^^ Thank you for your comment and enjoy the rest of your days in Netherland! :)

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