Recently, Traveller seems to be having the same conversation with different groups of friends... What makes you cry?
For some it is films.
For quite a few it has been films of the Disney variety.
Some have even admitted to crying in 'Beauty and the Beast'!
This was a grown man.
Traveller's first movie cry was one of two movies - she can't actually remember which one came first. Both weren't just 'dabbing at the eyes' tears, but were more of an embarrassing sobbing kind where everyone in the movie theatre stares at you. Well, they would, if they weren't crying too.
The first movie was 'The Lion King'; the part where Mufasa dies just breaks T's heart.
That Scar was just so mean.
The second was 'My Girl'; the part where Vada comes into the funeral and starts asking, 'Where's his glasses?'
Anyhoo, Traveller really wanted to mention two novels that have caused a similar reaction.
T has just read both of Khaled Hosseini's novels, 'The Kite Runner' and 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' and whilst she knows she's a little behind the eight ball, Traveller cannot believe how brilliant they are. They are the sort of novels that you can't read on public transport because, if you are anything like Traveller, you start cursing the key antagonists, or just simply cry because it is so sad!
The novels, whilst heart-breaking, are tremendous accounts of the human spirit and of triumph over adversity. And whilst they are set against the backdrop of war-torn Kabul and tales of its destruction are eminent to the novels, their description of the Afghani culture and landscape is truly beautiful.
Holiday reading list material, for sure.