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6 July 2011 / leggypeggy

Some recommended reading

Poor John is plowing through books, and I’m doing a reasonable job too. Some have been good, but not great. Here are two I recommend.

The other day I finished The Kite Runner by Afghani author, Khaled Hosseini. Excellent book—a heartbreaking but inspiring story. Thanks to a donation from Julia (via Petra), I also have his second book, A Thousand Splendid Suns, which has great reviews. But as it is not a sequel, I’ll save it for later. Here’s a link to his website. http://www.khaledhosseini.com/

Bookwise I’m sticking with Afghanistan for the moment—perhaps it’s because it is one of the Stans we aren’t visiting. So now I’m reading The Bookseller of Kabul by Norwegian journalist, Asne Seierstad. I’m only halfway through, but find it fascinating. It’s caused some international stir, especially because the author has been successfully sued by one of the characters. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jul/30/norway-afghanistan

Poor John highly recommends Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World by Nicholas Shaxson. Warning—reading it will make you angry. http://treasureislands.org/

By the way, Poor John is getting his laughs by reading PG Wodehouse. As funny as ever.

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  1. Louise M Oliver / Jul 6 2011 8:27 pm

    Hi Peggy,
    I enjoyed ‘A thousand splendid suns’ more more than ‘The kite runner’. When I was reading The kite runner I was told not to see the movie before I’d read the book. Unfortunately I had to see the movie while I was still reading it and it always seemed as if I knew exactly what would happen next. In one way that was a testament to how faithful to the text the movie was. But, for me, it took away from the enjoyment of both. However, I thought that ‘A thousand splendid suns’ was fantastic from start to finish. You can’t format with italics here, hence the quote marks around the titles. Just a technicality.

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