I hope I've given everyone enough of a chance to finish the Kite Runner. What did you think?
This was the second time I have read The Kite Runner and I appreciated Hosseini's beautiful writing far more this time. In fact, I was far more emotional and cried this time. Hosseini's writing is so artful that it makes the reader almost feel Amir's guilt.
The theme of guilt was so overwhelming and I felt like almost everything Amir did and who he became was driven by guilt. Guilt for teasing Hassan, for not being as pure of heart as Hassan and for being more priviledged. "And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does to", says Amir.
What did it teach you about friendship and forgiveness?
Who suffers the most?
What do you make of Baba? How was he different in the USA?
Did Baba love Amir?
How did learning that Hassan was Baba's son change your understanding of Baba?
Why do you think Amir acted so harfully towards Hassan after he saw him get raped?
Wow! I am so excited that so many people have joined the book challenge.
I've started the challenge with The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I was going to post discussion topics but thought I'd rather give everyone a bit longer to finish reading.
If you haven't bought it yet you have quite a few options. I bought the Kindle version on Amazon for USD$10.98 (about R85). However, if you're not priviledged enough to own a Kindle you can get it from Kalahari for R92. Exclusive Books was quite a bit more expensive at R140.
Speaking of Kindle, the new Kindle DX is out. Can barely wait for mine to arrive. Bigger and better display, more memory, longer battery life and even social networking.
Looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks of The Kite Runner.
The book challenge is gaining momentum and quite a few people have pledged. So, I'm going to start a mailing list so that everyone is aware of what book(s) we're currently reading, where they can get them at the best price, send me your reviews etc.
If you'd like to join send me an email at email@example.com and I'll add you to the mailing list.
As a child my mother challenged my sisters and me to read books. The motivation was R5 per book. I started then….. and I haven’t stopped. My love of books and passion for reading steered the course of my studies and even my career to a certain extent.
I’m competitive by nature and rarely turn down a challenge. I didn’t hesitate to accept when my friend Sandra challenged me to work my way through the Exclusive Books101 Books to Read Before You Die list. Even better, I’m going to document it on this blog.
I’ve already read many of the books on the list and own many, but I will re-read those. I’ll read every book on the list and then write a review. 'I'll even review a few other books in between. It would be great if you joined me on this journey and left me your comments and opinions.
The Lord of the Rings–J.R.R. Tolkien
The Kite Runner–Khaled Hosseini
Pride and Prejudice–Jane Austen
To Kill a Mockingbird–Harper Lee
The Harry Potter series–JK Rowling
The Poisonwood Bible–Barbara Kingsolver
The Alchemist–Paulo Coelho
Life of Pi–Yann Martel
The Da Vinci Code–Dan Brown
The God of Small Things–Arundhati Roy
Memoirs of a Geisha–Arthur Golden
Spud–John van de Ruit
The Power of One–Bryce Courtenay
The Hobbit–J.R.R. Tolkien
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin–Louis de Bernieres
Shantaram–Gregory David Roberts
Wuthering Heights–Emily Bronte
Catcher in the Rye–J.D. Salinger
Jane Eyre–Charlotte Bronte
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy–Douglas Adams
One Hundred Years of Solitude–Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Disgrace–J. M. Coetzee
My Sister’s Keeper–Jodi Picoult
The Time Traveller’s Wife–Audrey Niffenegger
Pillars of the Earth–Ken Follett
Gone with the Wind–Margaret Mitchell
Cry, the Beloved Country–Alan Paton
The Great Gatsby–F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Fine Balance–Rohinton Mistry
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time–Mark Haddon
Great Expectations–Charles Dickens
Atlas Shrugged–Ayn Rand
The Grapes of Wrath–John Steinbeck
The English Patient–Michael Ondaatje
Anna Karenina–Leo Tolstoy
Midnight’s Children–Salman Rushdie
Love in the Time of Cholera–Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Shadow of the Wind–Carlos Ruiz Zafon
I Know This Much is True–Wally Lamb
A Suitable Boy–Vikram Seth
Nineteen Eighty-Four–George Orwell
War And Peace–Leo Tolstoy
Clan of the Cave Bear–Jean M. Auel
The Unbearable Lightness of Being–MilanKundera
The Little Prince–Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Secret History–Donna Tartt
Possession–A. S. Byatt
The House of the Spirits–Isabel Allende
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency–Alexander McCall Smith