Thursday, August 2, 2007

Book Giveaway...The Kite Runner


Last night I finished The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. This was one of the books on my Armchair Traveler Reading Challenge List.

So did I like it? Yes...I will have to be honest though, it wasn't the best book that I've ever read. It was a bestseller and a lot of people do love it though! lol!! Would I recommend it? Yes...because I learned a lot about Afghanistan. Here are two of the things that were new to me!

Hazara: an ethnic group who reside mainly in the central region of Afghanistan. Their physical attributes have led some to believe that they have Mongolian origins. You'll have to do your own research on that...there's lots of differing viewpoints and honestly, they are all above me! lol!! In one part of the book, Hosseini describes the character of Hassan as being "a boy with a Chinese doll face..."(pg. 25). I never knew that about the Hazaras and I found that fascinating. I just love all the different "looks" God has given us! I think this girl is just beautiful!
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Kites and Kite Runners: I had no idea that kite flying was such a huge sport in Afghanistan. Kite fighting is very popular. The kite runners are the ones that run after the kites that have been cut down by another kite. It's an honor to "run" the kite that is next to last in the sky. Did that make any sense?? Probably not so you'll just have to read the book! Another thing I found interesting is that the kite string is coated with glass...makes sense...but OUCH!! I cringed every time I read about the kite string.

You can read a synopsis of the story here. Be sure to also visit Baba's Orphanage to see what the actors of the stage adaptation of this book are trying to do before the movie is released in November of this year!~ Neat!!


I'm going to pass my copy of The Kite Runner on to one of my readers! I bought the book used so it's not brand spankin' new....and the demon dog has nibbled on the corner of the back cover. It reads fine though! lol!!

All you have to do is leave a comment at this post. I'm going to keep the sign-up time open until next Thursday, August 9th. I'm going to randomly draw a name at 12pm EST and will be announcing the winner shortly thereafter.

Due to shipping costs, I'm going to have to limit this giveaway to the US and Canada only. I promise, when I have a bit more moolah, I'll have a contest for the whole entire world! lol!!


Sonya said...

If I win, you don't even have to ship it to me :-o) LOL!

Opal Tribble said...

I actually have this book but haven't had the chance to read it yet. Kite flying is big in another also. I believe it's China. That's where they supposedly originated from.

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book. I've heard so much about it. Jenny, is your dad ok? I miss the photos he sent to you for WW.I heard he was sick. Let us know.

Your friend,
ps I love your blog !

marye said...

I had never heard of on the string? Eww.

Stacey said...

Okay, you've interested me--please add me. And thank Jen. And...what if I move to Istantraliakok before the giveaway but I still win? Would you ship it to me anyway? Please? xoxo

Karen said...

Sounds like an interesting book, please count me in!

Also, be on the lookout for the book you won in my contest eons ago. Finally all sickness has ended and the flood waters have receeded. Mom got a sitter for a few hours and ran ALL of the errands that I was WAY behind on. Sorry it's so late, but it is on its way:-)

Kate said...

Please count me in your contest! I don't mind a littel doggie nip out of the corner. thanks for the review. I'm adding it to my list!!

Kate said...

Oh no problem Jenny!! If I actually LOOKED at the date you posted I would have seen the contest was closed!! :) Forgive me, I am moving to a new house and seem to have forgotten everything except how to pack a box! ha ha!!!

Love all your blogs!!! You pup is so CUTE!!!