Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Modest Man Wins Again

I'm still amazed that these books have become such a phenomenon ... It's almost a study in how not to write a bestseller. They're set in this far-flung, very enigmatic place with lots of tragedy. The good guys die. I'm completely surprised.
The very modest Khaled Hosseini is interviewed in The Times. His second novel A Thousand Splendid Suns has just won The Times/WHSmith Paperback of the Year.

6 comments:

Damyanti said...

I am reading Kite Runner right now (courtesy Gwen, who has been kind enough to lend it) and I am becoming a fan!

Anonymous said...

Why would he be surprised? a lot of people identifying with good guys dying, people have moved from fantasy to reality.

hanimomo said...

when i first read The Kite Runner, no novel has made me realize how lucky I am to be in Malaysia, and everything surrounding me is all but trivial matters.
He deserves to win with A Thousand Splendid Suns. Touching,indeed.

Anonymous said...

I'd be amazed too, if I wrote that drivel and watched it sellabillion!
:-)

Damyanti said...

I wish all these anonymous people would have some names, even if it was x or z or anything at all....

"Anonymous" is just so.....annoying!

Or maybe that is the entire point?

Anonymous said...

Damyanti -

What do you think? the best movel is the one you write, in your head, while you're reading the actual novel. To write a novel that reads like how you want a novel to read, how saleable is that? everyone identifying with the novel because they interpret it the way they want to.

"They're set in this far-flung, very enigmatic place with lots of tragedy. The good guys die. I'm completely surprised."

Good grief, all this "negativity", and hasn't been edited out yet? :)