Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The verdict's in....


It was rough. It was beautiful. It was gut-wrenching. It was amazing. Those of you who have read The Kite Runner, by the same author, know what I mean. Aside from being beautifully written, it was punctuated with historical events in Afghanistan through Afghani eyes. I learned a lot about what that big mess over there has been all about and it was hard to put down. But if you like reading about lambs, flowers and rainbows this book is not for you. Its raw, it’s real and it gives you a dose of what people over there have gone through – especially the women – and it is not pretty. There were times I was incensed, and there may or may not have been some tears shed. But there is light at the end - I tell you that because knowing that helped me get through it. I finished reading it yesterday afternoon and I went to the store that night and ran into a woman in a black burka (the thing women wear that cover their whole body and their faces). It was all I could do to not stare because I wanted so badly to hear about her life. I don’t want to make judgment calls on what her level of happiness is or quality of life might have been, but my heart certainly went out for her. After reading the book I have a new found gratitude for being raised in this country, in this culture. I can read, work, laugh, sing, wear shorts, speak to whomever I want and most of all put a man in his place when the occasion calls for it. Give it a read. And when you are done, give me a call and we’ll do lunch.

3 comments:

amelia said...

Excellent report! I need to read this one. And, I'm telling you, you need to read "Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia" by Jean Sasson. This one sounds like it also goes into issues of women in the Middle East.

Erin Stewart said...

Yes yes! It is so good -- I just can't believe how lucky we are and what life is like in some places. He is such an amazing story teller and it's so painful, but you have to read it and there's always that bit of hope that is constant. so good.

Ted & Amanda said...

hmmmm...I might just do that and take you up on lunch. I'll be in Utah from teh 29th-5th.