Here's another - not fashion related - plus point of the upcoming season: Finally being able to curl up on the couch with a blanket or in bed with a cup of tea on the nightstand and read all those books you stacked up and never got around to reading because the weather was just too nice to not be outside being active, playing sports etc. This, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, is the book I just started to read - courtesy of one of the professors (with a felt age of 90 but such a good, energetic guy) I worked for part time at my university who thanked me for assisting him with computer-related with this lovely gift and a box of chocolates. My male colleague was gifted two bottles of wine. Such a nice guy!
"Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable, beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan nonetheless grow up in different worlds: Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara, member of a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When the Soviets invade and Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him.
The Kite Runner is a novel about friendship, betrayal, and the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of their lies. Written against a history that has not been told in fiction before, The Kite Runner describes the rich culture and beauty of a land in the process of being destroyed. But with the devastation, Khaled Hosseini also gives us hope: through the novel's faith in the power of reading and storytelling, and in the possibilities he shows for redemption." quote from khaledhosseini.com
L says the book really helps to understand the issues better, that have lead to the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan. Just another reason to finally curl up and stick my nose into this book! :) If you are interested too, you can order it on Amazon or directly off the author's homepage, where you can also find out more about his personal life story and his humanitarian foundation providing assistance to the Afghan people.
What is YOUR recommendation for a good read?