A new year at school is approaching, and yet I’ve finished another book! You’ve probably known the title of the book by now, haven’t you? Yes, it’s The Kite Runner. Authored by an Afghan doctor who migrated to America named Khaled Housseini, this book was published in 2003 and became the Number One International Bestseller, and I’ve read somewhere that it was sold over 10 million copies worldwide and published in thirty-four countries! Honestly, it’s really amazing to see a simple doctor being able to become a famous author. Now where did I see this book for the first time? Oh, yeah, that’s right, the first time I saw it was when I was surfing a blogger’s library things. If it hadn’t been for that, I wouldn’t have known such a great book exists.
First of all, this book is a genius. Maybe most of foreign novels are works of geniuses. I don’t want to look down on national literature or something, but I think it’s hard to find a good Khmer book, let alone encounter a Khmer bestseller. Anyway, let me give you some information on this spectacular novel. This story started in Afghanistan before the monarchy fell, that is, in 1970s and it talked about two best friends named Amir and Hassan. However, things broke apart in 1975 when Amir betrayed Hassan and, instead of taking responsibility, tried to run away from it. The plot went on to the present day 2004 when Amir was in his thirties. They are wrong about how you can bury the past. Up until now, Amir still regretted for what he had done in his childhood, and there’s only one way to help him escape from this prison: redemption.
Well, for the whole thing, read the story. I don’t want to spoil it. And luckily, I found out that this book is also available in Phnom Penh. You can easily find it at Bohr’s Books located behind Unalorm pagoda. I bought it for $3.5, and there are about 340 pages in all. What’s more, I finished it in about a week.
Secret: For those who don’t want to spend their money, you can download a free e-book of this novel at www.4shared.com. Good luck!