Oh. My. Word.
After debating for months about whether or not to read this, I finally picked it up on Sunday. I devoured all 371 pages in less than 3 days--not a minor feat.
I had heard so much--too much, really--about the book. Nearly everyone said the same thing: "It is really disturbing but so worthwhile." I definitely agree with this statement. I was an English major, so I have read many books in my day. But I had never read one like this. I felt like I was on edge the whole time--my heart was often pounding, and a couple of scenes gave me chills. The story is relentless.
While The Kite Runner is fiction, we must acknowledge that injustice is a reality for far too many. Sometimes it's easy to be so engrossed in our own lives, our own worlds, that we forget about the suffering of others--especially people we've never met, in places we've never been to, in cultures we know little about. But like Amir in the story, I think we must also look inside ourselves and admit that the choices we make have consequences. (We should live as "children of light": Ephesians 4:22-32)
I am glad I decided to read the book, though I wouldn't recommend it to everyone. I know the movie version is coming out soon, and I think I will opt not to see it. For more on the book, click here to read a review by my blogging friend Leah.
*I have been flying through my book list. Prior to Fall into Reading, I was reading about a book a month--now I've already completed 5 of my 6. Wahoo!