Thursday, March 29, 2007
My new thing is books on cd. I started out with David Sedaris (hilarious), moved on to Mitch Albom (soso) and now Khaled Hosseini's Kite Runner. Talk about a shift. This past week, I have actually been looking forward to my once dreaded commute. Today I actually took a longer route to the office because I couldn't be left hanging where I was in the story.
The story follows two boys living in Afghanistan in the early 70's - before the extreme political/social/cultural unrest began. The author does an amazing job of illustrating the tension between the Sunni Muslim/Pashtun people and the Sh'ia Muslim/Hazara people. I have seven (out of ten) cds ahead of me, but I can tell that this is going to be a complicated, multidimensional story that will be personally transformative.
For anyone who is a fan of this story, here is a treat: I found out that this novel is now a movie "in production" scheduled for release November 2007!
Here is a lovely picture of the author:
A man with an incredible gift.