Hey hey! I feel like I haven’t done a weekly review in ages! I think it’s all the stay-at-home business. How has the week been? I’ve had quite a good week and I’d give you a daily rundown but it honestly hasn’t been that exciting. I honestly think these weekly journals will be turning into book reviews or something like that because my art of reviewing books is just a fail. I just gush about the book and how I’ve fallen in love with all the characters and give you favorite quotes, but then isn’t that what book reviews are supposed to be? Oh well, I’m not sure I mentioned it before but my school is annoying. You know the whole hospital practice business that caused me to push my trip to Nigeria a few weeks forward? WASTE! It turns out we just go there to take attendance at 9AM for that matter and because it’s small groups and the teacher calls names (yes, like secondary school) you can’t exactly have someone write your name or anything and you need the credits to complete second year. So, I have to leave my bed- when I’m supposed to be on holiday- before or at 8am; the pain. And then they set you free before it’s even properly 11am. *insert hiss*. Anyway, I’ve got one more week.
Now on to today’s business, I completed Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner this past week and I honestly have no words to explain how heartbreaking, emotional, phenomenal that book is. His style of writing is so beautiful. So vivid. Very few writers paint such clear, beautiful images. I mean the man made me want to visit Kabul, Afghanistan where the story is set. It’s the story of a man’s journey to forgiving himself for betraying his childhood & best friend who was also his servant. The manner in which he betrays his friend is so callous and he is about eleven at the time. It raises so many questions especially the issue of being loyal to friends and treating people with dignity even though they aren’t in the same “class” as you. It is such a human story above all things because even though I dropped my kindle in anger many times it also made me think about humans and cowardice and standing up for the things and people close to our hearts. I asked myself if I was completely sure I would never treat any of my friends the same way.
I also loved the background of Afghanistan. I loved seeing past the Afghan single story of war. It was so educative to read about how they live their lives and the things that are important to them, one of which is kite running, hence the title of the book. I loved learning about naan, kabob and other foods. You can not imagine how bummed I was when I realized my Arabian classmates did not understand the languages of the Afghans. The story also focuses on the prejudice against the Hazaras in Afghanistan by the Pashtuns and how far people go to prove some sort of superiority. It also showcases the fact that even though some Pashtuns had Hazara friends, they were too afraid of what other Pashtuns would think of them. This really is what happens when you care a lot about public opinion. I learned that sometimes bullies don’t go away unless you stand up to them. The book shows that sometimes guilt is good. Guilt can bring good. It shows that although there’s nothing like a man’s honor and good name, sometimes doing the right thing will not bring honor and may ruin your good name.
This book also shows how far we can go for the love of a parent because a lot of Amir’s (protagonist) betrayal stems from his seeking his father’s love and attention. There’s also of course the part of gender discrimination which leads to males being favored over females.
If you’re not into reading (boo you), then you should watch the movie. I did. I liked it; not as good as the book, but better than most book-movies. It kept a lot of the dialogue from the book and I loved seeing the characters come to life.
So, read this book, it’s awesome. That’s really what I’m saying. (I just need someone to gush about it with me, please).
Now, my favorite quotes;
The greatest sin is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. When you kill a man, you steal a life,” Baba said. “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. Do you see?
I was the smart one. Hassan couldn’t read a first-grade textbook but he’d read me plenty. That was a little unsettling, but also sort of comfortable to have someone who always knew what you needed.
I cringed a little at the position of power I’d been granted, and all because I had won at the genetic lottery that had determined my sex.
And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.
We’d go to the zoo to see Marjan the lion, and maybe Baba wouldn’t yawn and steal looks at his wristwatch all the time. Maybe Baba would even read one of my stories. I’d write him a hundred if I thought he’d read one.
What true redemption is, Amir jan, when guilt leads to good.
Wars had made fathers a rare commodity in Afghanistan.
Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.
Dostet darum.” I love you. “I love you back”.
HOW CAN ONE PERSON WRITE ALL THESE AMAZING LINES?
I’ll stop gushing now, but before I go, one last quote I ran into this week;
“People need to be encouraged. People need to be reminded of how wonderful they are. People need to be believed in—told that they are brave and smart and capable of accomplishing all the dreams they dream and more. Remind each other of this.” -Stacey Jean Speer.
I added the goodreads widget so you all can see what book I’m currently reading. I really hope you guys liked my attempt at a book review. I can’t think of any faults in this book and I’m not sorry.
Have a nice weekend and week ahead guys x
PS My “favoritest” quote is the title of this post.