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30 Day Book Challenge - Day 4

Day 4 - A book that makes you cry

I am such a sap, I cry at everything. That makes this quite a difficult one (who am I kidding, they're all difficult - I'm not good with choice).

So I'm going with The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I found it sad, uplifting, moving and harrowing and I cried. A lot.

The book is set in Afghanistan and starts prior to the Soviet invasion. Amir is a wealthy Pashtun boy and Hassan, a Hazara, is the son of his father's servant. The boys have grown up together and are very close, until an incident where Hassan is cruelly assaulted and Amir does nothing to stop it. In his guilt, Amir tries to have Hassan sent away, and eventually succeeds. A few years later the Soviets invade and Amir and his father escape to Pakistan, and eventually to America. Many years later, Amir hears from a friend of his father who asks him to come to Pakistan. He discovers that Hassan, now dead, has a son who needs Amir's help. Amir must enter Taliban controlled Afghanistan in order to save the boy and atone for failing his father.

I don't know if I've sold it at all well, but this is an incredible story. I confess to being completely ignorant of Afghanistan and its history. My knowledge is limited to what is shown on the news, so I enjoyed learning more about the country. It's a story about love, loyalty, loss, war, repentance and forgiveness.

Have you read it? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought. Or, tell me what book makes you cry, I'd love to know.
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