Saturday, July 26, 2008

The kite runner


Courtesy of Iwan, I am reading a book entitled The Kite Runner at the moment. It is a novel by the Afghan author Khaled Hosseini.

I’d just started it yesterday when I was on medical leave (demam!) and suddenly found myself with loads of free time on hand.

Gripping stuff so far.

The Kite Runner is the story of Amir, a boy from a well-to-do family in Kabul, Afghanistan. It tells of how Amir is haunted by the guilt of having betrayed his childhood friend, Hassan, who is also the son of his father's servant.

The story is set against the backdrop of dramatic events in Afghanistan – the fall of the monarchy, the Soviet invasion, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, as well as, and the rise of the Taliban.

Will update on this soon.




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