Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Kite Runner Discussion Questions

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. 
  1. What did it teach you about friendship and forgiveness?
  2. Who suffers the most?
  3. What do you make of Baba? How was he different in the USA? 
  4. Did Baba love Amir?
  5. How did learning that Hassan was Baba's son change your understanding of Baba?
  6. Why do you think Amir acted so harfully towards Hassan after he saw him get raped?
  7. Why did Hassan still love Amir?
  8. Did Amir redeem himself?
  9. What do you think happened to Sohrab?
  10. Rate the Kite Runner on a scale of one to ten
Let me know what your thoughts are.

Happy reading!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Book 1: The Kite Runner

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.

Happy reading!