Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini was published in 2003 and like his other books, is completely riveting. Hosseini has the ability to create a world makes you feel like you are living his story.

There is a situation that happened in chapter ten that made me feel the character's guilt as if it were my own.

What I like about this book beside the excellent writing is that it is a perfect story of the mistakes we make as children, the guilt we often carry because of those mistakes, and the ways we try to atone for out guilt in order to find redemption.

I love the relationship between Amir and his wife and the respect he showed to his father.

Quotes I liked:

"Now, no matter what the mullah teaches, there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every sin is a variation of theft. When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness" (page 17, 18).

"America was a river, roaring along, unmindful of the past" (136).

"How seamless seemed love and then came trouble" (249).

"I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering it's things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night" (359).

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

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