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Friday, February 15, 2008

The Kite Runner

Heart pounding in my throat, I buried my face in my hands.
The gun roared.
It’s done, then. I’m eighteen and alone. I have no one left in the world.


I received this unique tag from my friend DJ.

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages)
So I picked one of the several books on the nightstand by my bed. One I happen to be reading with great attention. "The Kite Runner" is an extraordinary first novel by Khaled Hosseini, an Afghan physician living in Southern California.

2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
I did!

5. Tag five people.
Instead of doing that, I modified the tag so that it means something, to me at least.

5. What do you have to say about this book in less than 3 sentences.
I haven't even reached the halfway point . Accordingly, I can only talk about what I have read so far. BEAUTIFUL!

11 comments:

Ihsan said...

It's a great book, I loved it and even bought the second book for the author hoping it will be as good. Haven't read it though.


The movie "The Kite Runner" has been out for a couple of months now.

DUBAI JAZZ said...

That sounds like a nice book...

I like the creative deviation from the tag ya Abu Fares!

Ihsan, who's starring in that movie? is it more worthy to read the book first or simply watch the movie?

Abu Kareem said...

Abu Fares,

I couldn't put it down after I started it. It moved me to tears in some parts. The movie is true to the book and beautifully shot.

abufares said...

@ ihsan, dj & abu kareem

The Kite Runner is one of the best books I've read in a long while.
I think I'll order Mr. Hosseini's second book even before I finish this one.
My personal opinion about fiction in the novel/movie debate has always been heavily biased toward the written word. I love good movies but never as much as good novels. My suggestion, now and always, read first then watch the movie later.
This is great book indeed, a powerful first novel.
And finally, dj, thanks for not minding my deviation. I've been away from my blog. I'd get back soon and abuse you with my senseless musings.

Shannon said...

I've picked up that book and haven't started. Because of this post, I'm moving it to next.

Az3ar's Fan said...

Abu Fares:

For the second book, you will have to ponder the feelings of women. It will be an eye opener.

KJ said...

I will be giving the book a spin, although I am also advised to read 1000 splendid suns. I am a bit scared of big books because I don't have the time to read in long sessions. So I tend to forget what events have transpired :S

abufares said...

@ shannon, az3ar's fan & kj

Shannon
You will not be disappointed. Reading this book made me think how English is no longer a national language. I mean more Indians use English as their first language than Americans and Brits combined. I have not yet completed this book. However, I have learned more about Afghanistan by reading it than all of what I've heard and seen over the years.

Az3ar's fan
"Ponder the feelings of women" is my middle name so I should really like it. Wait till you read my next post. It's about women for sure :-)

kj
This is not a "big" book. "I don't have the time to read in long sessions", you wrote. Be careful, and find time... before it's too late.

Ihsan said...

Dubai Jazz, all the actors/ress in the movies are afghani or seem to be so at least. I loved the movie because I loved the book so much.

As abufares advised read the book and then watch the movie...it's never the same experience.

For this book in specific, the author had the power to make you live in the story, react to it...the director of the movie, couldn't achieve that.

kaya said...

I saw the movie on thursday.
Awesome, and the work done by the boys who play Hassan and Amir is heartwrenching.
Esp the loyalty of Hassan to Amir, who shows a yellow streak and has to live with his betrayal, untill finally he gets redemption.
AbuFares when you finish it. Read A thousand splendid suns.(Kaled Hosseini)
It will knock you senseless with the pain.

abufares said...

@Kaya

As soon as I finish the novel I'll try to get my hands on the DVD of the movie.
Then, and as per your recommendation, I'll order the second book.