I've never heard of this book until a friend recommended this book to me while we were helping a friend move. TheAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
I've never heard of this book until a friend recommended this book to me while we were helping a friend move. The friend that was moving had set aside a box of books that she was going to donate. Of course, being the bookworms that we are, we couldn't resist the urge to rummage through. Thus, I was directed to this book.
I cannot believe that I had never heard of this book before. Most of the reviews give this book a high praise. While it isn't the best book that I've read, it's is one of the best books that I've read recently.
Like the Library Journal says, it's all about alcoholism, adultery, abortion, adoption and abduction. Dominick is a 15-year-old young man in Holedo, Massachusetts. He accompanies his mother at the end of the day, looking for his drunk father in bars. If his father is not found in any bars, there's only one other place he can be...at his mistress', Edie.
The thing is Dominick and Edie begin a secret and "innocent affair". Dominick feels responsible for her, especially after they discover that she's pregnant by his father. However, unknown to everyone, Dominick's mother is also pregnant.
The book moves somewhat slow but soon picks up the pace after Dominick's mother is found dead in a motel when she tried to do a homemade abortion. At the same time, Edie disappears. Dominick feels extremely guilty because he stole money from his mother to help out Edie. Edie promised to pay him back. Dominick is angry and decides revenge. But first, he must find her.
"Boy Still Missing" is a good read, filled with suspense and twists....more
I've heard so much about *The Kite Runner*. There are mixed reactions from friends who have read this book. I tolAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
I've heard so much about *The Kite Runner*. There are mixed reactions from friends who have read this book. I told myself that I would read it but kept putting it off. It wasn't until the release of Hosseini's newest book, *A Thousand Splendid Suns*, that I told myself that I just had to buy the book and read it. I'm so glad that I did because I just fell in love with the whole story. I loved it even more when I closed it with a good cry. Now, that's a good author with a good book!
*The Kite Runner* is a story about two Afghan boys, Amir and Hassan. Amir is a Sunni and is the motherless son of a wealthy man, Baba. Hassan is a Sha'i and is an illiterate servant of Amir's household. Think of it almost like India's caste system.
However, these societial rules and roles doesn't prevent the boys from playing with each other. They're not just friends but more like "brothers". They are that close to each other. Meanwhile, other boys often ridicule Amir for being close to his Sha'i servant. Despite their friendship, Hassan knows his position and remains closely devoted to Amir. Amir loves Hassan but sometimes takes their friendship for granted.
All I can say is that this book keeps you entertained with Amir's rocky friendship with Hassan, his enigmatic relationship with his wealthy father, the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, his immigration to America, his marriage to Soraya and his return to Afghanistan in search for Hassan.
Hosseini does a fantanstic job with scenery description, personal thoughts of Amir and the build-up of suspense. With all of these, no wonder the story was awesome. Plus, with a good cry at the end, you just cannot help but love the book. I will definitely get the second book! ...more