onsdag 13. oktober 2010

The kite runner - last part

Now there are three days since I read the last page of Khaled Hosseini’s “The kite runner”. It has been stuck to my mind since. You know that feeling when you read the last page of a book you really enjoyed, when you delay the last sentences because you don’t want it to be over. And when you realize it is, it is somehow sad. The kite runner was that kind of book. The perfect balance between superstition and pure human feelings made me long for the same experiences and emotions. I think that has a quite odd irony considering the fact that it is the carefree and peaceful existence we live in, most people want. I can’t explain those feelings further than that, but I sense them as good feelings, which is why I would rate the book with 6 out of 6 possible if I were to.
What I liked most about the book is that it ends with hope. In some parts it could seem like it would turn out tragically. This would, in my opinion, ruin some of the book’s purpose. I like to think that the author meant to give this hope not only to Amir, the main character, but also to us readers, so that we can make our own ending, or beginning if you like.

The picture is taken from this site.

- Tuva

The kite runner – beginning

(This post is written 30.09.2010)
About two weeks ago, I started reading a book called “The Kite Runner”, by Khaled Hosseini. After one week I had read about 50 pages, and the fact that I was not captured, and thrown into the story’s troubled world caught my attention. After reading dozens of laudatory reviews, I was expecting a greater fascination than what occurred to be my reality. But still, there was something about it that grabbed my mind and stirred it around. I experienced putting the book away, and then later thate day, I actually thought of the way I acted compared to how Amir, the rich Afghan boy in the book, would have done it. It was more similarity between my acts and Amirs, than between Amir and his underprivileged servants son Hassan. That shocked me. Due to my small amount of spare time between homework and school, I did not get to read more until three days later. At that time I had actually started to feel a hunger to know the story, Amir’s story. So I sat down to continue. And as the pages turned, so did my first impression. Now I have started reading chapter fourteen and I am both caught and bound. It is something about the relationship between Amir, and Hassan that amazes and shocks me at the same time. How can something that appears to be that strong and deep, be perceived that differently? How can Amir not call Hassan his friend? Still, it is Hassan’s commitment and love that strikes me as the strangest. Why does he continue to idolize and value Amir that much, when Amir is not acting like the friend he is supposed to be? I hope to get some answers to my questions further in the book, and I am very excited to see how the story develops!

The picture is taken from this site.

- Tuva

fredag 1. oktober 2010

Advice to fellow students!

I read an article about statistics on the usage of Facebook compared to the results of the final exam. The consequences of using Facebook while working shows quite obvious in the surveys. It is consistently a larger amount of low grades among the students who used Facebook and other social networks than those who did not. That means that there is a connection between bad results and the usage of social networks. But still I feel that there are some holes in the statistics. In the article it said that the “participants” was in the age of 19-54, and then I thought: isn’t there a large difference between 19 year olds and 54 year olds? Well, at least I think so, and there is probably not as many 54 year olds as there are 19 year olds on Facebook.

All in all I still believe that most of what the article said was true. Facebook is a giant disturbance when it comes to concentrating -I have experienced than myself. I think everyone should use some time to work on their restraint, and become better on stay away from sites like facebook when doing homework!