Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Kite Runner

It has been a while since I've posted here. I have been re-reading a book for one of my book clubs at the end of the month. We have chosen the Kite Runner. It is the story of a man who grew up as priviledged in Afghanistan, in the time before the Taliban, and his relationship with his father, and his best friend.
There is a quote near the beginning of the book from the father to the protagonist. It shows up throughout the book.
No matter what the mullah teaches, there is only one sin, only one. That is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. .... When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness."

This is an interesting interpretation. At first, I thought that they were discounting the other commandants given but I see the validity of statement. Irony is that this is at the heart of most of the book for all characters involved.

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