Description of Forgiveness

March 19, 2008 — 1 Comment

I just finished reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

It’s an excellent book that was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and was recently made into a movie (which I haven’t seen).

One of the closing chapters contains one of the best descriptions of forgiveness I’ve ever read.

The book’s narrator, Amir, describes a moment when the guilt that he had carried for so many years began to be replaced by forgiveness.

I slipped the picture back where I found it. Then I realized something: That last thought had brought no sting with it. Closing Sohrab’s door, I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.
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