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    Book Club (April 2006)

    I know it's early and not even April yet, but I just wanted to throw out an idea for the book club.

    I've been wanting to join, but I'm always a few days too late to find out what the new book to read is.

    I've heard ALOT about The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It's a New York Times Best Seller. I'm just throwing this out there for the book club for April.

    Here's an editorial review on the book from Amazon.com

    In his debut novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini accomplishes what very few contemporary novelists are able to do. He manages to provide an educational and eye-opening account of a country's political turmoil--in this case, Afghanistan--while also developing characters whose heartbreaking struggles and emotional triumphs resonate with readers long after the last page has been turned over. And he does this on his first try.

    The Kite Runner follows the story of Amir, the privileged son of a wealthy businessman in Kabul, and Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant. As children in the relatively stable Afghanistan of the early 1970s, the boys are inseparable. They spend idyllic days running kites and telling stories of mystical places and powerful warriors until an unspeakable event changes the nature of their relationship forever, and eventually cements their bond in ways neither boy could have ever predicted. Even after Amir and his father flee to America, Amir remains haunted by his cowardly actions and disloyalty. In part, it is these demons and the sometimes impossible quest for forgiveness that bring him back to his war-torn native land after it comes under Taliban rule. ("...I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.")

    Some of the plot's turns and twists may be somewhat implausible, but Hosseini has created characters that seem so real that one almost forgets that The Kite Runner is a novel and not a memoir. At a time when Afghanistan has been thrust into the forefront of America's collective consciousness ("people sipping lattes at Starbucks were talking about the battle for Kunduz"), Hosseini offers an honest, sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, but always heartfelt view of a fascinating land. Perhaps the only true flaw in this extraordinary novel is that it ends all too soon. --Gisele Toueg
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    I just finished reading the Kite Runner and highly suggest it. It is beautifully written, the characters are engaging and the story is very current.

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    Jewelsy recommended it to me months ago and I haven't had a chance to read it. I'm up for it if everyone agrees. So far, I haven't been able to participate but I'd like to this time!
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    I'm up for it, too. My teeny prairie library took too long to get The Bee Keeper's Apprentice for me; they called yesterday to tell me they got it. Too late now, as I'll be gone to San Francisco in a couple of days until April. However, if we decide on this book soon, I can put in my request to the library early, and get it when I come back.
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    I would just like to add that I read Kite Runner a couple of months ago and it is a really great read. It will make a wonderful selection for the book club and has lots of discussion that goes along with it.

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    Just popping in to see if we've made any decisions made yet...

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    I'm always behind on the book suggestion. I have the same problem, my libery never gets the copies to me. I may just have to break down and buy one. This does sound interesting.
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    I've been meaning to read The Kite Runner for quite some time now and would love to participate if I manage to get ahold of a copy.
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    I put in my request at the library for The Kite Runner some time ago. I just checked and I am 131st on the waiting list.

    I'll follow the discussion with interest though!

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    OK.. then let's plan on reading The Kite Runner for April's book club

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