Posted by: learningwoman | July 15, 2008

The Kite Runner

This is the book I’m reading at the moment, written by Khaled Hosseini. Described by the Daily Telegraph as “…a painfully honest story” among other things. It’s unputdownable but tragic and it’s colouring everything in my day. I’ll be glad to get to the bit where there’s redemption and forgiveness!

The book begins in Afghanistan with a friendship between two boys, which is irrevocably marred by an incident when they’re twelve years old. The story moves to America when trouble breaks out in Afghanistan and at the moment, I’m up to the bit where the father is reduced from being a loved and respected figure in a community which recognises him as someone great, to working twelve hours a day as a petrol pump assistant in a station.

It’s really the son we’re following though, and I’m reading faster and faster in the hope that I’ll come to a part where he seeks forgiveness from his childhood friend.

Not a relaxed read but mesmerising all the same.



  1. Outstanding book! I read it earlier this year and was unable to put it down either. Let’s discuss when you’re finished.

  2. Hi Goodfountain, I’m finished! I made it through the whole book without crying and then sobbed at the last page!

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