Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Kite Runner

Just finished The Kite Runner very late last night. It was one of those books where I had to finish it regardless of how incredibly tired I was or how busy I was the next day. As a rule, I generally avoid extra-popular-endorsed-by-Oprah books, for the simple reason that everyone is reading them. But lest I succumb to snobbery--and because Candace Staples highly recommended it--I gave it shot.

Excellent story about guilt, loss, and redemption. I would definitely suggest reading it. It's easily accessible with a well-told story about life in Afghanistan through the perspective of two boys. The book deals with some raw issues, like ethnic cleansing and child abuse, but not in a crass manner.

I love reading redemption stories. While many of them involve working hard to make up for past sins and mistakes, there is a ring of truth in them. Probably because this is humanity's story: that we screwed everything up and we need some gracious outside help to make things right again. There was a powerful line in the book: "There is a way to be good again...."

It's the good news of the kingdom hidden in a story about Afghanistan.

I'm stoked to see the movie.

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