Tuesday, 1 June 2010

A good cry.

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.
True story.

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?'
Harrowing stuff.

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.

7 comments:

Alison said...

oh my, i can 100% identify with this post. i cried so hard when i saw "the kite runner". so so hard.

also, "we were soldiers" made me weep a little.

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

I definitely want to read the Kite runner!

Jen said...

Thanks for the recommendations. "The Kite Runner" has been on my list for a while now, just haven't gotten around to reading it.

Oh, I cried during that scene in "My Girl" too! Wow, I have not watched that movie in a LONG time.

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Oh I just love a good cry! I cry during everything...movies, books, tv, you name it. I actually even cried during the gLee performance this weekend. Call me crazy :)

Trissa said...

I cried reading Kite Runner as well! Have you read Marley and Me, for a dog lover - it is a sure tear jerker!

shopgirl said...

Just stumbled upon your blog. I really like reading these posts. It reminds me of my days when I used to live in London - good and bad.

Look forward to reading more.

Rambles with Reese

p.s. I'm now a follower.

Iva said...

I LOVE a good book! I really want to read The Kite Runner!

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