Friday, 27 December 2013

The Artful Reader's Club - The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

This book has been on my shelf for a couple of years and I am not sure why I had never got round to reading it. I am so glad I finally did. It is a wonderful though heartbreaking tale.Set in Afghanistan it centres around the lives of two boys who grow up in the same household, the master son's and a servant boy.It highlights prejudice and the uncertainties and fears of childhood as well as the cruelty and corruptness of some. I was lost in the story, which is beautifully written. I loved it and recommend it. I had no trouble reading the book but getting some artwork done was a different story. Its Christmas and we have family here from Canada and Switzerland as well as those who live here. Finding time to craft was hard. However I have had a go using an idea from a book called" Personal geographies" by Jill K Berry that I was given for my Birthday.
I used the Gelli plate to create a background, then drew on the head, copying the outline from the book. I added words which convey the emotional journey of Amir as he seeks redemption.
                                                                                                                                                                                          I have so enjoyed reading all your reviews and seeing your art work this past year. Thank you Darcy for hosting this challenge. Here's wishing you all the best for 2014, happy reading.
Jen x


  1. This is a book I have often been drawn to. Thank you for your encouraging review and I love your artwork. Using the lobes of the brain for emotions expressed is a great idea and works very well with your interesting gelli plate background. I applaud you for keeping up with the challenge despite very pressing family duties. I have failed miserably in comparison but agree that this has been a most stimulating challenge.

  2. I have not heard of this book until now, but I certainly enjoyed your review. Even with all that was going on this month, you managed to put out a fine piece of art. And I love that you used a gelli plate print, because I got a gelli for Christmas.

    I have really enjoyed ARC this past year. It has been fun and enjoyable to get to know you and your art. I wish you the best of happiness in the new year.

  3. I've added The Kite Runner to my list. Some of my friends have recommended it, but I never picked it up. Your "getting lost" in the tale makes me want to jump in it, too.

    Love your art and the words you chose to mark the character's journey. It makes me want to read the book even more.

  4. Great review, Jen, and despite all your visitors and seasonal responsibilities, you produced a great and meaningful piece of representative art! Bravo!! Happy Holidays!