Day 6: A Book That Makes Me Sad
It makes sense that for this title I would think back through all the history I’ve read. There are so many that could qualify. We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will be Killed with Our Families by Philip Gourevitch is a top contender. A story of the Rwandan genocide cannot help but be heartbreaking! The Great Partition: the Making of India and Pakistan by Yasmin Khan is another contender. Perhaps more devastating still could be Three Plays: The Weavers, Hannele, and The Beaver Coat by Gerhart Hauptmann. These are all rough books but I think I have to go with Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
The Kite Runner is the story of a changing Afghanistan portrayed through the camaraderie and friendship of Amir and Hassan. Amir’s father is well off in the monarchical system while Hassan’s father is a servant. As children the gap between Amir and Hassan does not seem to make much of a difference but as they grow older it widens.
It is a story of betrayal and shame. Amir and his father eventually make it to the United States while Hassan does not. In the end, there is some level of redemption. However it seemed to me like too little, too late.
One of the factors that made this book so sad for me was a friend of mine who spent some time in Afghanistan telling me that it was a fairly accurate picture of life there. It is a story of suffering but the tragic part for me was the personal betrayal. Don’t get me wrong, it was well written and impacting. It was just also sad.