|"For you, a thousand times over"|
It's from a second-hand bookstore-slash-library where I got this book. I knew this book is well-known based from the author's name and even though I did not know much about it, knowing that a lot of people liked it, I quickly grabbed it out of the box lying near the bookstore's swinging door! It took a while for me to read the book as I was in a reading slump (ah, the dreaded reading slump~) but I finally managed to read the book and I love and hate it.
There is so much to feel about the book. It was a wonderful journey all throughout in a sense that the story is written in such a way that the reader is able to understand the characters and are actually get attached to them from beginning to the end. There were love, loss, and betrayal for the most parts of the story and I think that's what makes it an incredible book as it brought me to so many different experiences... and also, what an eye-opener. This is the first book I read that deals with a setting in Afghanistan (which is one of the countries I know so little about but have the curiosity to learn more). I think it deals in such a way that I would see a naturally painful reality. I was brokenhearted for Hassan at the beginning of the story but have developed this emotion for both Amir and Hassan (and everyone else) near the end. It's an enlightening read!
Two of the quotes that I like from this book:
”When you kill a man, you steal a life.
You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father.
When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth.
When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.
There is no act more wretched than stealing.”
“One time, when I was very little, I climbed a tree and ate these green, sour apples. My stomach swelled and became hard like a drum, it hurt a lot. Mother said that if I'd just waited for the apples to ripen, I wouldn't have become sick. So now, whenever I really want something, I try to remember what she said about the apples.”