Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Good Book

"I'm starting on a book, and when I'm finished I may read another one". I just finished Kite Runner which DS recommended. It's the first book I've been able to finish in 6 months. I was about two thirds through the book when it dawned on me that this is a novel. That is good, since I find most novels so unbelievable and dishonest that I toss them after 50 pages. The last 50 pages of Kite Runner had enough coincidences to make me realize it was fiction. I found it was written well and moved along at a good pace. Any novel that can keep my adult A.D.D. brain focused has to get four stars.


Aunt Dot said...

I'm so thrilled you liked it, Babba! And you took my recommendation....:-) I still have a feeling that the main boy, the narrator, could be the author. By the way, the author, Khaled Hosseini, is from Kabul.

Guess what? I'm halfway through his second novel. It is excellent as well. It is fiction, but I think, based on some fact, because it is about 2 main characters in Afghanistan who are in Kabul when the fighting between the Mujahideen factions broke out (after Russia was defeated). Massoud is a main leader of the forces in the book, and I'm assuming that he is the same Massoud who was friendly with our CIA (in real life) and was assasinated by the pre-Al-Queda types.

Oh....the name of his second book is "A Thousand Splendid Suns".

P.S. Did you know the author is a medical doctor and apparently isn't practicing but is writing books instead? He lives in San Francisco.

Babba-Gi said...
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M- said...

"That is good, since I find most novels so unbelievable and dishonest that I toss them after 50 pages."

Kind've how I find most movies.

Aunt Dot said...

To me, the difference between books and movies (by the way, "The Kite Runner" is coming out very soon as a movie)is that books can do excellent character development, but movies really suffer in that. I really noticed it in the book, "The House of Sand and Fog." The character development was awesome -- the movie character development was nil. I'm going to see the movie, "The Kite Runner," but I don't have great expectations.

On another note, I saw the movie, "The English Patient," before having read the book...had I not seen the movie, the book would have been very difficult to understand. If you saw the movie, do you remember all the going back and going forward? -- difficult to get everything the first time around

Aunt Dot said...

I just checked and "The Kite Runner" has a "limited release" date of November 2nd:-)