Saturday, November 26, 2005

The Kite Runner

I just finished reading the book “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. I don’t think I have ever cried so much just from reading a book. Actually I think I had a breakdown of some sorts because I was literally sobbing at some parts of the book!

The author illustrates beautifully so many emotions that human beings experience in life such as envy, guilt, evilness, cruelty, loyalty, confusion, betrayal, love and so much more. It shows how some people even though are good can succumb to an evil act at their weakest moment, and how they will justify things just to be able to live with themselves.

The part that touched me the most is when the main character whos never really had God in his life, reaches out to him in a moment of desperation just like so many of us do when we have a problem. That moment in the book made me realize how lucky I am to be a believer and how such a simple act of prayer can bring so much comfort and peace to the soul.

If you feel like reading something good try this book out, you will not regret it ;)

22 Comments:

At November 28, 2005 6:32 AM , Blogger Misguided said...

Dear Illusion,

Thanks for the tip... It'll be next on my book list.

truly,
Misguided

 
At November 28, 2005 3:55 PM , Blogger illusion said...

MG

The book definitely is a must read. Hope you enjoy it :)

 
At November 30, 2005 6:59 PM , Blogger da Angel wears Escada said...

Pardon my ignorance but is this book also in English?

I had been meaning to ask someone where to find English translations of Arabic books in Kuwait?
Are there any, off the back of your head, you would recommend us?

 
At November 30, 2005 11:50 PM , Blogger illusion said...

Bayan

Actually the book is in English, but the author is from Afghanistan.

As for finding Arabic books translated in English, I really don't know where you can find such books.

I will ask and if I get any feedback I will let you know dear :)

 
At December 03, 2005 12:29 AM , Blogger illusion said...

Bayan

I've asked about Arabic books translated into English, and I was told to try Muthana Bookstore as well as Jareer or even That Al-Salasil. Make sure you ask the people who work there if they have any translated collection :)

Hope you find something good

 
At December 04, 2005 5:05 PM , Blogger da Angel wears Escada said...

Thanks a bunch, illusion!

I will do as you say.

As a token of appreciation, let me recommend you a somewhat different book - "The Velocity of Honey" by Jay Ingram.
Here's a review abstract for you:
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Book: Paperback | 210 x 133mm | 224 pages | ISBN 014029533X | 03 Oct 2004 | Penguin Canada | 8+ years






Why doesn't honey flow out in all directions across your toast? What's the science behind the theory of 'six degrees of separation'? How do stones 'skip'? When visiting a new place, why does getting there always seem to take so much longer than returning home? In The Velocity of Honey, bestselling author Jay Ingram muses upon these and many more daily mysteries that puzzle and perplex.

From mosquitoes to the Marvel Universe, baseball to baby-holding, Ingram's topics are diverse. He also makes startling connections. In some pieces, he relates anecdotes from the history of science and demonstrates their relevance to contemporary scientific debates. In others, he explores the science behind many of our proverbial expressions, common sayings such as 'time flies when you're having fun' and 'it's a small world after all.' In still others, he highlights intriguing links between the worlds of art and science.

As in his hugely popular The Science of Everyday Life, Ingram makes the science of our lives accessible and fascinating

N'joy!

 
At December 15, 2005 7:45 PM , Blogger da Angel wears Escada said...

I hope someday 'dial a book' will become as easy as ordering your pizza, or sending for that Estonian masseuse in Kuwait. :)

Too bad the Al Shayas and the Jashanmals just aren't interested in books retailing! For one thing, I know supply can sometimes revv up demand and by Jove, there is a dire need of book hypermarkets in Kuwait as anti-dotes to religious and class intolerance.
May I just also quickly put in a good word for the following books, if you haven't read them already:

1) Mountains beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
2)Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and its Metaphors, both by Susan Sontag
3)Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
&
4)Complications : A Surgeon's Note On An Imperfect Science by Dr Atul Gawande.
And no, unlike the previous blogger I do not intend to bog you down with an online review:)
I'll leave it to your discretion.
In the meantime, keep 'em coming- your recommendations are always valued.

 
At December 15, 2005 11:50 PM , Blogger illusion said...

The Man:

I know what you mean by the dire need of bookstores. I dream of a Barnes & Noble someday in Kuwait!

Thanks for the recommendations; I will defiantly check them out.

By the way Al-Jareer Bookstore in Hawali has a good collection of recent books and bestsellers

 
At January 07, 2009 1:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This book is my favorite book, so much that i've decided to get a tattoo of my favorite quote "For you, a thousand times over." I live in the US but i really want the quote to be in the native language of the characters. I think its Arabic or Persian. If you know the translation for that quote please post it!

 
At January 07, 2009 1:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This book is my favorite book, so much that i've decided to get a tattoo of my favorite quote "For you, a thousand times over." I live in the US but i really want the quote to be in the native language of the characters. I think its Arabic or Persian. If you know the translation for that quote please post it!

 
At May 29, 2009 10:45 AM , Blogger Jonas said...

Hey Anonymous, I had the same thing in mind. Can't help you out with the translation, though, so I am curious for more posts .

 
At June 24, 2009 10:35 PM , Blogger Jonas said...

Still haven't found the translation but at least I now know that Persian would be native language.

 
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At March 07, 2010 6:45 PM , Anonymous Sophie said...

The translation of "for you a thousand times over" in dari Persian (spoken language in the film Kite Runner) is "bareh tu hazar dafa". Sorry I can't write in Perso-Arabic script! I'd love a tattoo of this too once I can find someone who can write it out for me in Persian!

 
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At July 22, 2010 10:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just finished the first ten chapters and I have already cried more during this book then any other book ever. Even when it wasn't a particularily sad part I was crying, thinking about the deeper meaning or about the sad part I just finished. This book is well written and portrays amazing truths, I'm just not sure if I like it yet...

 
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