I haven't blogged too much about my book club in the past... a little, but not a whole lot. I think I'm going to talk a bit more about it this year. We'll see how it goes.
So tonight we are discussing The Kite Runner. I realized at some point last year that hardly anyone in my group had read this amazing book, so I requested the book club set from the library, and we finally got our hands on it this past month.
My thoughts on the book:
The Kite Runner was the first book I ever blogged about, way before this book blog ever existed, back in the day when my little Yahoo 360 blog was just a tiny baby. I was blown away by it then, and after this re-read I loved it just as much the second time around. The quote "For you, a thousand times over!" is one that will forever stick with me.
The story is about Amir and his quest to redeem himself from a betrayal of his best friend when they were just kids. His friend, Hassan, was the definition of loyalty. Amir, on the other hand, had some issues. Issues that one can totally relate to. When the Russians invade, Amir and his father, Baba, escape to America, and start a new life. Amir never hears from Hassan again, and doesn't know what happens to him until he goes back to Afghanistan much much later when a friend of his father's calls him home.
It's then the he has the chance to "be good again."
What I hope we can discuss:
- the relationship between Amir and Hassan
- the relationship between Amir and Baba
- the author's description of events in Afghanistan
- the author's treatment of the different ethnic groups
- every one's level of emotional response to the story itself
- cultural differences and similarities
But food first, as I always say. (Let's not discuss anything until the food is in our hands!) I saw this recipe on a "new to me" blog, and decided I needed to try it. Pumpkin chocolate chip bars. I'm baking them now. They smell wonderful!
Then I decided to have some naan too. We've made this recipe several times at our house and have loved it, so I thought it would be fun to make it for the group tonight, since it's mentioned over and over again in the book. Anyway, it could be interesting. We'll see how it goes.
This heart-wrenching YouTube video with movie clips (spoilers in this one):