Archive for March, 2011

Being an avid fan of literature, you will find that I will periodically post reviews of some of the many books I’ve been acquainted with.  Here is the first:

Rare are the stories that demand your attention and fill you with emotions so real that you can practically envision yourself, next to the characters, sharing in their joys and sorrows.

“The Kite Runner” is a beautiful tale that achieves this feat, effortlessly and so effectively that you may find yourself, at one point, with tears in your eyes and so infuriated that you want to rip it into pieces and toss it in the garbage; that is until the next paragraph, where you suddenly find your eyes appreciating and your heart loving every bit of this eloquently written story. Yes, it truly takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride, manipulating your feelings as if they were puppets on a string. Sadness, happiness, anger, fear, hate, love, disgust, compassion and resentment amongst many more are all marionettes that you seem to have absolutely no control over. Isn’t that indicative of a great author?

The protagonist and narrator is Amir, the son of a well-known, respected and wealthy Afghani businessman. Hassan is a poor illiterate boy, the loyal best friend of Amir and the son of Amir’s servant. Amir and Hassan are different in many ways, but their friendship is not unlike any other of young boys that grew up together. They play, get into mischief and have the common bond of growing up without mothers. Hassan possesses admirable qualities. He is the epitome of honesty, loyalty, courage, forgiveness and innocence; a loveable and admirable character. Amir on the other hand, is really quite the opposite. Do not be entirely surprised if you find yourself loathing his selfishness, falsehood and cowardly demeanor. When faced with a heartbreaking scenario, Amir makes a regrettable decision that will forever change his life and the lives of others.

“The Kite Runner” is Khaled Hosseini’s debut novel. The majority of the story takes place in Afghanistan, Hosseini’s country of birth. He presents us at first with a fascinating view of a once peaceful and cultural country, but as the story progresses we see a land plagued by war and calamity in its “evolution”.

The portraits painted in between the pages of this book are one of sin, betrayal and the ultimate quest for redemption. They may not always be beautiful to look at, but these are all relatable themes, making the story all that more powerful. Alas, not everything is perfect and it suffers from a tad too much of predictability and the overuse of foreshadowing. These criticisms however, are so minute, and are eclipsed by the sheer quality and grandeur of the story as a whole. Like the kites in the book, this is an epic tale that really does soar.

To the author, Mr. Hosseini, I quote these very fitting lines from your beautiful book: “I enjoyed your story very much. Mashallah, God has granted you a special talent. It is now your duty to hone that talent, because a person who wastes his God-given talents is a donkey. You have written your story with sound grammar and interesting style. But the most impressive thing about your story is that it has irony. It is something that some writers reach for their entire careers and never attain. You have achieved it with your first story. I shall hear any story you have to tell. Bravo.”

Bravo indeed.

5 out of 5

In Brief…

Posted: March 31, 2011 in About Me
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They say your first blog post should be an informative one, that sets the tone for what lies ahead.  The truth is, I made this blog not to focus solely on one topic, but rather to voice my various opinions and thoughts with the intent of giving YOU something to think and/or talk about – and maybe, just maybe, entertain you in the process.

Really, what better way of reaching a broader audience than to have a diverse list of topics?  You’re bound to find something for you within these pages; whether it is pop culture, politics, literature, critiques, technology or just a good old rant – I live it and blog it, hate it or love it.  I guess you can call me an aspiring polymath.

I implore you to stick around, participate and give me feedback coupled with some patience.  This is after all, my very first attempt at a blogging platform and I am still familiarizing myself with the various settings and gadgets that WordPress has to offer.

You may not know a lot about me, and these short paragraphs certainly didn’t do much as far as getting us acquainted, but you will find that getting to know me won’t be so difficult once the posts get going.  Thanks for reading and I hope you come back soon!

-Oscar


The Journey

Posted: March 29, 2011 in About Me

And so, my blogging journey begins…I can’t begin to tell you why I’ve decided to blog my thoughts away, but take the ride with me to see what I discover.