This was not a comfortable read.
I had read the Kite Runner before, and this one was as hard.
Not long ago, in a discussion with lovely friends and readers, I got to thinking his books were bad, the type of books I did not need nor want to read. And that is because these books are hurtful to many, hurtful beyond what they can take.
Today, I consider the author tactful and not gratuitous in the descriptions of the lowest acts of humans. I got more than just pretty language, I felt his love for a culture he knows well, and his urge to denounce acts, people, regimens, along with his need for showing us the resilience and love we humans share, even in the midst of dehumanizing life conditions.
That being said, I hesitate to add more, because when I spend too much time reading what those I value think about certain books, or too many reviews by strangers, that conditions me and paralyzes me to make decisions if to read or not to read this or that title. Many times I have almost missed books I have benefited from, because I had a distorted view of what they were. Others I have read or attempt to read books that are not me, and that’s not recommendable either 🙂 It’s best to follow your trained conscience, and figure out who you are, and give what you believe may be worth a try. After all, you can always quit what and when you think it’s needed.
I believe in one Truth and one God, the christian God, but I defend that our reading paths are private. It is not easy to go up on a stand and approve or condemn titles, it just does not make sense. I can give you patterns or clues, and I am willing to share my private journey as a reader. It may inspire some, upset others… I can tell you there are certain books that I believe them not to be of any value for a christian, but you may not care for the titles and you may disagree. In any case, I believe Hosseini writes literature, and, like any author, his audience is just his audience, and if you are not one, don’t feel like you are missing anything either. There are multiple ways to obtain the teachings or come to the conclusions I got reading this book, it does not have to be this title, or even reading a book!
Have you read any book(s) by Hosseini? Do you care to share your thoughts?