I wasn’t finding much time to read on the South Island. There was always something to do or someone to talk to. Even the nights without wifi I was finding myself immersed in conversations or playing cards with new friends. So reading took a bit of a back burner. The book on deck was The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I’ve actually read this book ages ago, but I couldn’t remember everything but I did know that I enjoyed it.
The story begins in San Fransisco in 2000 with a phone call to the main character that changes his life forever. We are then transported back to the winter of 1975 in Afghanistan and see the world through his eyes. I feel like the books that take place in the Middle East during this time period are rare. In fact I think this is the only book I’ve read that goes into the everyday life of someone growing up before and during the wars. I actually may be wrong about that, but I haven’t personally read any others. The Kite Runner is also highly acclaimed and has been listed as a New York Times Bestseller.
Hosseini does a marvelous job touching on sensitive topics without getting political. I also found that it was a fairly easy read and once I actually sat down to read I flew through it. I’m glad I re-read this novel and if you haven’t personally you should put it on your reading list. Hosseini has a couple of other novels that I now plan on getting my hands on.