In no real order, the first is PERFUME by Patrick Suskind. The movie unfortunately sucked the big one, as did his follow up novel, THE PIGEON .
Which brings me to my next book.
THE KITE RUNNER. by Khaled Hosseini
I actually watched the DVD about 3 months ago and it brought tears to my eyes. I am never going to swap that DVD out as it is now part of my growing collection of “classics”.
I then decided to read the book and I finished it yesterday and I have to say, this book is a bloody pearler. If you have not read it, go out and get it today !
The story of two boys growing up through Soviet and Taliban era Afghanistan, it has all the ingredients of a true masterpiece. Friendship, betrayal, hardship, redemption and a happy(ish) ending. You are in immense pain for the young Hazara lad Hassan the whole way through the story and in despair for Pashtun Amir as he sets himself up for a lifetime of guilt .Whilst Hassan’s story as an ethnic minority living in Afghanistan goes from bad to worse to shocking, Amir escapes to the US and a life of relative prosperity thanks to his skills as a writer.
The movie was quite a decent adaptation of the novel and on completing the novel I went straight back to the DVD and watched it again .I would like it to have been made clearer that Sohrab ( Hassan’s son) only agrees to go to the US with Amir because as a Hazara orphan,he has no other choice but that really, he just wanted his old life back living with his own parents
( brutally executed by Taliban in front of him) and in his own county. Unfortunately, that is never going to happen .
It really is a great tale and I could not help but see the similarities in the way the Afghani and Khmer boys fly their simple kites. It also has a great soundtrack which I intend on buying as it has some really cool Afghan music on it,Leakhana loved it and I can see The Compound lit up with some Tiki torches, a pig on the spit and Jeff running around in a kaftan.