I came to know of the 30 day book challenge from my friend Bindu, who posted it in a group on Facebook. To talk of books is brilliant. My friends tease me that I might run out of space for the books I buy to read. That doesn’t really stop me from buying those books that appeal to me a lot.
Day 6 – A Book That Makes Me Sad
It is odd that when I think of a book that makes me sad, the two options that immediately come to mind belong to the same author. Do I try to decide which one made me sadder? I try. I know that the one that would come out is the first. The first book that author penned. For a debut work of fiction to move me as much as it did was unexpected.
The Kite Runner is a story that is set in Afghanistan. It is the story of Amir and Hassan, friends from completely different backgrounds, the former being the son of a rich man and the latter his servant. It’s the story of their childhood, of Amir’s love for words, and Hassan’s love to hear Amir’s stories. It’s the story of love… of Hassan’s love for Amir, his friend; Amir’s father’s love for both Amir and Hassan, and later the love of Amir for Soraya and for Sohrab. It’s the story of loss… of the two friends being separated; and the loss of humanity. The writing is such that you feel these losses; you imagine the first time a strong man cried, the time when the thing that shouldn’t have happened, happened. You feel disgusted with Amir for letting that thing happen, for not having the backbone to stop it. You imagine the plight of the characters and wonder, just wonder.
For writing so much, I’ve stared at this screen and wondered how to put across my thoughts on a book that I loved when it is a book that has made me infinitely sad as well. Yet months, nay years, after I have read this book, the words that linger…
“For you, a thousand times over…”
(13th November 2014)