Thursday, November 18, 2010

Applaud the author

I have recently read the famous works (The Kite Runner and A thousand splendid suns) of the amazing novelist and physician (as well!) Khaled Hosseini. I've always been a big fan of fictional books such as Harry Potter and Twilight as well as all of Jackie Collins' books. And so, to go from adventurous/romantic fictional books to historical fictional novels such as these should tell you that these were the books I thought were not my type of interests. However, once I started reading, I realized how talented this man really is. I have no words to describe how I really feel about these novels, the only word that can even come close to describing them is "heart-wrenching." At one point, I couldn't take reading it anymore, I had to put the book down and take a break because of how truly you empathize with the characters. That is exactly what I think makes an author a genius: when an author is able to possess and play around with your emotions by being very descriptive and actually making you feel and understand the transitions that occur throughout the whole story. 

In Khaled Hosseini's "the Kite Runner" the story revolves around the lives of two boys set in Afghanistan in the 70s and how their lives transition from pre-war to post-war; whereas "A thousand splendid suns" centers around the lives of two women and the hardships they go through in Afghanistan before the war takes place, while it takes place and after it takes place. Both of these novels are fiction but based on true historical facts and events. I would recommend these novels to everyone and urge everyone to read them as it will open up your eyes to things you've never thought of.

Several interesting facts about Khaled Hosseini:

  • He was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in March 4, 1965. (Same place where both novels are set)
  • Hosseini's mother was a Farsi and history teacher and his father was a foreign minister; so him and his family moved around: from Afghanistan to Iran to France and finally to the US. 
  • He also lived in a pre-revolutionary Afghanistan that had not yet been ravaged by the Soviet invasion and subsequent Taliban rule.
  • He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Biology in Santa Clara University. He, then, went on to get his PhD in Medicine from University of California. 
  • Like his main character in the Kite Runner, Amir, he enjoys Western films as well as kite-fighting.
  • Khaled Hosseini said the passages in the book most resembling his life are those of Amir and Baba as immigrants in the United States.
  • Hosseini was named the goodwill envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in 2006.  

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