Forsyth Georgia - 2009 Book Challenge
- Fiction - A poignant portrait of modern Afghanistan
Yesterday I finished this NYT Bestseller and first time novelist, Khaled Hosseini's, powerful and haunting novel, the Kite Runner. Perhaps it was pure coincidence, but no sooner had I closed the cover and went to my online news-feed did I read about our re-invasion of Afghanistan. The images of this culture and landscape are newly etched in my mind by the author, Khaled Hosseini. Apart from the military strategy and/or need for the US trying to calm the brokenness and dismay of a war torn people by the terrorists, whatever they call the latest factions, this authors moving story makes it clear that what Russia did to them and what the Taliban did to them has dragged this society in the muck far beyond contemporary understanding.
This story enlightens us about the Afghan culture and
tradition in an unexpected and unforgettable way. The patriarchical bond of three
generations is evocative and genuine and makes this makes this an astonishing and powerful book.
As my wife haunts the "Friends of the Library Sales" and various garage sales I get to enjoy reduced rate used books. This one was published by: Riverhead Books, The Berkley Publishing Group, a division of Penguin (USA) Group Inc., Copyright 2003 by Khaled Hosseini, Cover design and title page by Honi Werner, ISBN: 1-59448-000-1