Thursday

KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hussein: YES, Why?

Kite Runner by Khaled Hossein, is so brilliantly written, it's hard to believe it's fiction.

And yes, it should be listed as a historical fiction title.

If you have any ambiguous ideas about the Taliban, read this book, please.

When the Soviet war ended in Afghanistan, the Afghan culture differed from ours, but until as recently as 1989 it was a civil society.

A main character in Hossein's Kite Runner says about Taliban rule:

"Piss on the beards of all those self-righteous monkeys. They do nothing bu thumb their rosaries and recite a boo written in a tongue they don't even understand. God help us all if Afghanistan ever falls into their hands."

Kite Runner and Azar Nafisi Reading Lolita in Tehran, a memoir, nonfiction, are alike in substance. Nafisi, a tells of a garroted Iranian regime. The Afghanistan Talib are more reprehensible.

We compare the Spanish Golden Age versus the American Civil War. Metaphorical light, and dark, the picture is clear.

Muslim faith is peaceful, good. But a Talibs self serving, illiterate metaphorical darkness? The picture is clearly dangerous.

by Sheila Cull