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The Third Angel, by Alice Hoffman

23 May

This was the first book I’ve read from novelist   Alice Hoffman.  Initially I came across her books on Amazon and they sounded interesting so I added them.  I have several of her books on my “books to read” list, but since this was the one my local library had, this is what I got.  To be honest, I’d never heard of her before, but that’s okay, she’s probably never heard of me either.

The Third Angel follows three women’s lives as they flow together and apart, linked by the same tragic love story and mysterious ghost ~ The Third Angel.

The story is told in reverse order, which I have to say was a little confusing for me.  In my defense, I didn’t read the book every day.  And like most books I’m reading, I’m lucky if I get a few minutes on my lunch hour to read and then a few more right before bed.  I usually have to re-read a few pages just to remember what’s going on in the story.  Such is my life and the reason I get lost in the stories sometimes.  And not that I’m calling Ms. Hoffman out, but I think some authors write as though we’re going to open the front cover and not close it again until we’ve finished every last page.  Not my case, and I doubt it’s your case either.  Having said that, I enjoyed this book.  I won’t say I loved it, but it was good.

Each woman is at a crossroad in her life.  The first, New York attorney Madeline arrives in London in 1999 after having had an affair with her sister Allie’s fiancé, Paul.  Maddy is faced with coping with the impending marriage, and with Paul’s terminal illness – which echoes the girls’ mother’s cancer during their childhood.

Part II focuses on 1966 London and to Frieda, Paul’s future mother, who falls for a drug-addicted songwriter on the rise knowing he will break her heart.

And finally, Part III takes us back to 1952 to Maddy and Allie’s future mother.  Lucy is 12-year-old well wise beyond her years.  She spends her time with her nose in a book and doing her best to tolerate her father’s new wife.  They sail from New York to London for a wedding and while there, Lucy becomes innocently involved in a love triangle that can only have a devastating end.

Each woman faces up to her challenges in her own way, proving that everyone in the end is responsible for his or her own destiny.  What Ms. Hoffman does is remind us we are all hurt and broken, stumbling through life and fumbling for love, but sometimes we can still find the way to where we want to go.

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

6 May

I just finished reading The Kite Runner for my book club.  It tells the heartbreaking story of the life-long friendship between a boy born into wealth and privilege and the son of his father’s servant.  The story is gripping and hard to take at times.  It’s a story about what makes a family, friendship and loyalty.  Originally set in Afghanistan in the 70s and 80s, we follow a young man’s journey from childhood to adolescence and his emigration and adulthood in America.

Amir’s best friend Hassan is always there for him.  To play with, laugh with and get into mischief with.  Hassan is loyal and forgiving and understands his place in society.  Amir is the son of a wealthy merchant who is generous and giving to all it would seem, except his son.  The one who needs it most.  During their adolescence, something happens to change the boys’ lives forever and Amir finds himself so haunted by guilt he’s unable to carry on as before.

Many years later when Amir returns to his ravaged homeland to visit an old friend, he’s given the opportunity to make a difference.  Since the Taliban took over his country, many things have changed and the war-torn environment is really more than he can take.  The trip becomes a test of his strength and resolve and the possibility of redemption.

The Kite Runner is about the price of betrayal as well as loyalty.  It’s a reminder that some childhood choices affect our adult lives, and if we’re lucky enough, we might get the chance to finally do what’s right.

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