Nunez & Hosseini

The latest reading material:

The Last of Her Kind by Sigrid Nunez – Rather serious in tone, this coming of age in the late sixties but traversing adulthood through the seventies and eighties story is unusual in that its narrator is more of an observer to society’s changes than a participant thereof. Wandering my library’s aisles for something that was neither male nor chick lit, I plucked this off the shelf after the dustjacket stated one of the story’s main characters, an upper middle class white woman, kills a cop. However, that tidbit of plotline doesn’t occur until 2/3 of the way through! While I’m not particularly fond of the ending, the issues and situations presented here are genuine and accessible, while thought-provoking and emotional.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – You’re thinking I’m behind the curve on this one, aren’t you? Maybe so, but I don’t choose my reading material by what’s burning up the bestsellers list, garnering awards or critics’ accolades. I find what interests me at that moment, regardless of whether it was published yesterday or thirty years ago. Keri lent me her copy of this book, and I proceeded to consume it every night before I fell asleep (Sometimes to my detriment because I’d have prose related dreams – not good). The stand out feature of this novel is its depiction of Afghanistan and its culture from monarchy to republic, soviet invasion to the atrocities of the Taliban rule. We are truly sheltered in the U.S. by a news media that is so ethnocentric that we have very little idea what occurs outside our borders. Stories such as this are important for that very reason.

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