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The Kite Runner is a complex story written by Khaled Hosseini where simple yet heinous events occur in a backdrop of social and economic upheaval in Kabul Jaccob Slavin Hurricanes Jersey , Afghanistan . It is a story of guilt and cowardice and soul searching and redemption in the life of Amir. However, even with such overt plot lines and possible morals, there is an underlying current spoken in the fine detail with which the author writes that subtly illustrates a common mantra: You can never go home.

Placed for the most part in the capital of Afghanistan , Kabul , The Kite Runner introduces the reader first to an idyllic life of innocence. Kabul is a peaceful city ideal for raising a family. The buildings are neat and orderly even in their haphazard layout, and there is a sense of community and unity among its residents. It also showcases the once popular sport of ?Kite Fighting,? where contestants try to sever the string of their opponents kite. To the victor goes the spoils (the kite) Victor Rask Hurricanes Jersey , though of course, someone must run to get it. In the book, kite fighting brings neighbors together in playful competition, and we find that the sport spans generations, as Amir?s father reveals a prize kite he won when he was a child. We get a glimpse at how Kabul ?s well to do treat their children, their servants, and each other. We get a strong sense of social order and stability.

The story also offers a first hand account of the social and political turmoil that the Soviet invasion wrought upon the entire country. This is when Amir and his father are forced to flee Afghanistan Scott Darling Hurricanes Jersey , and eventually settle in the United States .

However, when circumstance and his conscience require Amir as a young man to return briefly to Kabul , we see an entirely different city. Many of the buildings are broken or destroyed, as befitting a place ravaged by war and preserved by the subsequent economic downturn. What remains of Kabul is dirty and disheveled.

The sense of community that was once prevalent is now non existent. There is at first a sense of ?every man for himself? where closed doors and windows greet Amir, and any aid he receives during his brief stay must be done in secret. There is no more kite fighting (the Taliban banned the sport, which inspired the kernel of the idea of the story for the author, who was himself an avid kite fighter in Kabul Elias Lindholm Hurricanes Jersey , once). However as we see more of the city, we are given a glimpse of even darker times, where neighbor betrays neighbor to the ruling Taliban, and barbarous acts are committed in the name of zealotry. This is not the Kabul Amir remembers, certainly. And after even a few days, it becomes clear that this is not his home. The home of Amir?s childhood does not exist anymore, and there is no returning to it.

And that is perhaps the irony Brock McGinn Hurricanes Jersey , because the same could be said of any town, any homecoming, to a lesser degree. By contrasting the changes in Kabul then and now, the author emphasizes the commonality of change over time, and suddenly Kabul becomes our town, and Afghanistan becomes our country, and Amir becomes us Sebastian Aho Hurricanes Jersey , a tourist in our own hometown. Indeed, even when you can go home, you can never truly go home.

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ROME, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Latest data seemed to suggest export of Italy's sparkling wines would continue booming this year, following a record in global sales registered in 2014.


The export of Italian 'bubbles' kept increasing by an average 20 percent during the first five months of 2015, according to a recent report by Italian national agricultural organization Coldiretti.


Sales to the UK and the United States in the same period increased by about 55 percent and 43 percent, respectively.


A similar trend was seen in 2014: Italy's sparkling wines proved the most popular "bubbles" in the world Justin Williams Hurricanes Jersey , with some 320 million bottles globally shipped against 307 million bottles of French champagne, Coldiretti said.


Sales abroad overall grew an estimate 18.2 percent in volume and 14.2 percent in value compared to 2013, according to the Italian Institute for Services to Agricultural and Food Market (ISMEA).


"At least two key factors are behind this growth," Denis Pantini, head of Wine Monitor Observatory with Bologna-based Nomisma institute, told Xinhua.


"Firstly, sparkling wines overall are easier to drink than other wines Jordan Staal Hurricanes Jersey , and thus meet the favour of new categories of consumers such as young people and women".


Secondly, Italian bubbles have found their right place in the market. "Take Prosecco, which is the most famous of our sparkling wines," the analyst explained.


"It has a very good quality-price balance, fitting the mid-range sector of the market. It does not rival directly the more expensive French champagne, or the lower-priced Spanish cava".


"Yet, it does compete in taste Noah Hanifin Hurricanes Jersey , benefitting from being a genuine 'made in Italy' product".


Produced in the northeastern regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, Prosecco is Italy's top-selling sparkling wine, followed by Asti Spumante from northwest Piedmont, and Franciacorta from Lombardy.


The 2014 production reached about 300 million bottles: some 200 millions of them were sold abroad in 2014, with an annual increase of about 25 percent, according to the Consortium of Prosecco DOC producers.


The UK became Prosecco's top foreign market last year, with 55 million bottles sold and a 60 percent export increase.


Once the first market for all Italian bubbles Cheap Teuvo Teravainen Jersey , Germany rank second with some 42 million bottles of Prosecco, while exports to the United States rose sharply by 34.2 percent.


This trend was being confirmed in 2015: up to May, Prosecco's sales to the UK grew by 64 percent and those to the US by 48 percent, Nomisma Wine Monitor estimated.


Exports in emerging markets like China have also been on the rise, although the country remains most passionate about red wines, and the world's largest .


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