The Cumulative Effect

Brian picMy daughter-in-law, Mindy, read Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, not long after it came out in 2003. She dropped hints about it, but I didn’t bite, likely on the grounds of, “I don’t read many novels.” Now the book is in the three book challenge at the college, and I thought about reading it until hearing that it is a violent book. Not in a mood for that, I thought, “I’ll glide by quietly without reading it.”200px-Kite_runner

One thing about the reading enhancement program at the college is its persistence. Someone commented in a meeting that the novel gives a good picture of Afghan culture. Hmm, Mindy had mentioned that. This was still not enough to motivate a reading.

At yet another meeting, the book was mentioned as violent but with the enticement, “I wouldn’t say that there is redemption, but there is forgiveness at the end.” Curiosity now beckoned me with these comments that kept popping up in various meetings where the reading program, Literazi, often gets a one or two minute plug.

tumblr_lnz1916Kts1qldjhso1_500Two chapters in, the characters intrigued me. However, I was still at a place where I could let the book go. Then Dr. YeVette Howard’s strategy floated to mind about leaving a book on a table or desk in plain view in one’s classroom or office, so the book found  an eye-catching spot on my office desk. Of all things, a walk-in advisee saw it and said, “Man, I love that book.” Of course we had to pursue that. Then after the first class of the new term, a student came up to chat because I had held the book up and mentioned it. She has read Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns and raved over it.

The cumulative effect had done its job. Then chapter three really stoked the fires!





5 comments on “The Cumulative Effect

  1. kencasey99 says:

    I like the reading strategy–visible books–this explains many people’s bathroom library!

  2. myevette2000 says:

    I am glad you gave the book a chance. I probably should not have made the violence comment because I realize now it could put some folks off, which was not my intention. Thank you for having the book where your students and advisees can see it. I appreciate your support.

    • I’m glad you were candid about reactions to the book. I think that’s the best way. Folks need not be afraid to call it like they see it. That’s what good, healthy interchange is about.

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