Saturday, October 18, 2008

Hosseini, Kidd

Continuing our series of book recommendations from the TY Extended Essay project:-

Jessica Sheil is reading The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd : "I really enjoyed this book. It was very different to a lot of the books I have read before. It touches on many varied topics, such as childhood, racism, love and abuse. It is about a girl who accidentally killed her mother when she was three, and who now lives with her abusive father and maid. She is incredibly unhappy and finally decides to act on it. She always thinks of her mother, and how she was the only thing she wanted, and she herself took her away. In the book there is also a strong feeling of love of nature, and religion. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and fell in love with some of the characters."

Andy McCabe is reading a book that was recommended last year here, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, and at the bottom of the post is again the Animoto video put together from photographs by our friend Terry O'Malley of Safe. Andy writes : "This book, based in Afghanistan, is narrated by a 12 year-old, who has moved to live in America. It is a story of fathers and sons, friendship and betrayal, and the casualties of fate. It is the tragic story of how so many lives have been ruined by the invasion, and how one man has lost almost everything, mostly importantly everyone he once cared for.

Amir is the main character, and after being thrown out of his own country and moved to America for almost fifteen years, he is sent back to war-turn Afghanistan, on a mission for one of his lost close friends. It is a moving fictional story which I would recommend to everyone."

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