They all have one thing in common: they're all writers (although Prine is a singer-songwriter, albeit a brilliant one).
|John Prine---photo by Steve Hopson|
Writing about an alluring author is easy this afternoon, because I just finished watching the movie The Kite Runner. Truth is, I had been avoiding it for years...
|photo of Khaled Hosseini by wnyc|
Then there were press releases about a second book by Khaled Hosseini. I scanned the internet when that month came, and...no book. I went onto this website and found the book was taking longer than anticipated. Drats!
There I was, waiting like an impatient lover. And no car lights coming up the street...I was all dressed up, make-up on, anticipating the arrival.
When the book A Thousand Splendid Suns finally came out, I fell in love all over again. And as hard as it was to believe, I loved his second book (a book about women) even more than his first (which is really a book about boys and men). If you have not read either one, and would enjoy seeing a small picture of life in Afghanistan, read them. They are among my favorites...
Grudgingly, this morning I put the disc in, still dubious. Mostly, I was afraid of the movie being all whitebreaded-up. Would all the Afghans speak English throughout the film? (Why in the world does that happen? Do producers and directors think Americans are incapable of reading subtitles? Do they think we don't want to hear the richness--the diversity--of a foreign language?) Would it look like American cheese---all wrapped up in plastic sleeves---instead of fragrant and a bit rough around the edges? I was prepared for the worst...
In my opinion, they did a great job. It was like reading the book all over again. (And if anyone wants to pay me for this review/opinion, I will gladly accept it.)
|photo of Rick Bragg by Kalamazoo Public Library|
To the above authors, consider this a warning: If you see a frumpy woman, bags under her eyes and a bag of books in her hand, her hair several different colors (unless she gets it dipped this evening) lurking around a corner, watch out. She might chase after you, snare you, and pepper you with questions about what your writing process is like, as she slobbers out praise for your words.