It’s a shame to see people trying to make money by selling books at unreasonably high prices. I am a Pakistani and trust me when I say this, some people are really big assholes here. There is only one shop that sells original books i.e. The Liberty Bookstore. But even if they wouldn’t be selling books it won’t make much of a difference because they have a lot of god books but those books are so unreasonably expensive that you just get a few seconds to admire then your eyes fall on the price tag and you put it back on the shelf and walk away in shame. If it’s not that then the only option I have is to read them online. But online reading is usually the last option. Online reading is boring. It’s not the same as holding the book in your hand, turning the pages. You can’t even smell them. Plus, most of the books aren’t even available online. So yesterday I went to the Liberty Bookstore and I felt like crying. There was this whole shelf of Young Adult books and they had these amazing books. I have a whole list of books I want to read and they were all there. I have bought some books from there earlier but with time they increased the prices. In my honest opinion, books should be free. Like in libraries. But there aren’t ay good libraries here either. My school library is so outdated, it has books by authors nobody has ever heard of. The good books like The Alchemist, The Lovely Bones, etc that should be available to students are in the teacher’s resources section and banned to the students. I guess there isn’t much of a reading tradition here in Pakistan.
I recently just finished reading this book and I have one word for it; AMAZING! It was beautifully written and the emotions and the hardships are so vivid and real that as you go along reading you become lost in it with the characters and you can almost see the story unwinding before your eyes. Khaled Hosseini is a gifted author and the picture he paints in our mind with his words is so accurate and mesmerizing that you find it hard to set down the book.
The way he writes about Hassan’s undeniable loyalty towards Amir is so beautiful. And this is actually true, there are a lot of friends that are so loyal that they would sacrifice their own lives for their friends’ sake and had they stumble upon such a mishappen Hassan would’ve done just that. It’s beautiful the way Hosseini molds Amir’s character in our minds, a good boy with tinge of evil. That is what is realistic. Although Amir is the main character, we see a lot of flaws in him. He gets jealous, he takes advantages of Hassan’s inabilities and most of all he doesn’t have the courage to stand up to what’s wrong. However, we still fall in love with those characters.
The violence that Hosseini shows in Afghanistan it is actually quite acurate. The talibans are truly soul-less animals. They have no value for life and their hearts are made of stone andthey do not feel a thing when they kill an innocent person. Like it is said in the book, they aren’t what they call themselves. They are not following the path of Islam because Islam strictly forbids all Muslims to take an innocent person’s life. What Assef did, killing all those Hazara Shi’aas was the most savage act. True Shi’aas and Sunnis have a lot of disputes but above all we are all Muslims and we do not kill our brothers and sisters. The taliban are not even humans let alone Muslims. As Muslims we aren’t even allowed to force a person into accepting Islam. Being a Pakistani, I can relate to the violence and injustice happening in Afghanistan. Recently a bomb blast killed all the Hazaras in their land and it was a real tragedy. It broke our hearts. It’s saddening how violence and weapons take the life of many almost everday and not a single one of us is bold enough to raise our voices.
There are some books that, even after you have turned the last page, make you feel complete and satisfied. This book was one of them especially because it had a beautiful ending, filled with hope and happiness. It talks about a new start. A little part of the old mixed with the new.