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November 22, 2005

One Book Villanova Program

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Kendall Schoenrock

“I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975…”

This is the opening line of the gripping book I just finished called The Kite Runner, by Kahled Hosseini. I found this book because of the One Book Villanova Program.

From Villanova’s Website:

This year we are starting a new project called “One Book Villanova,” a campus-wide effort to engage all members of the community (students, staff, faculty, alums) in reading and discussing a single contemporary book.

The book we have chosen for this year is The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Many of you have read this book already; you know that it is an incredibly powerful book. Set both in Afghanistan and in California, the plot engages you from the first page. The book gives a powerful perspective on some of the most pressing national issues of our day. At the same time it raises important personal questions having to do with friendship, loyalty, prejudice, and inter cultural communication. It is particularly relevant to the experience of our students, which is why it is a best seller in college bookstores across the nation.

The year’s events will begin with a gala celebration on Wednesday, September 28th. Every Villanova undergraduate will receive a free copy of the book, and many departments have already ordered copies for their staff.

Many campus events have also already been scheduled dealing with this book and some of the issues raised by it. In fact, the author himself will be addressing the campus on Tuesday, February 7th. Look for announcements here and elsewhere about these Kite Runner events.

I am excited to see the author when he comes to campus in February. I strongly suggest you pickup this book. It’s gripping and haunting and something that had me deeply moved on a number of occasions. I can only hope that this program introduces me to numerous other books of equal caliber. The bar has been set very high…

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