The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

You’ve all been anxiously waiting to hear what I thought, haven’t you? Well…I’m kind of undecided.

By the end of the first paragraph I was telling the Romgi that this was a really well-written book. On the whole, I love books that catch my attention so quickly, whether with the plot or the writing. By the end of the first chapter, I was hooked. The story was fascinating.

So why am I undecided? Good question. It isn’t because of the uncomfortable (and heartbreaking) much-talked-about rape scene. It isn’t because of the backdrop of Afghanistan politics and wartime. I’m not exactly sure what it’s from…when I finished reading I felt some emotion that seemed to be a combination of (but not the same as) depression, heartache, sadness, loneliness, sickness…I’ve been reading A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier at the same time, and maybe it just gave me too negative of a view of humanity.

I think that’s it — how am I supposed to save the world when the world is like The Kite Runner?

Still, despite that, I’d recommend it. Like I said, I’m torn!

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2 thoughts on “The Kite Runner

  1. Katie says:

    I’m glad to hear your review on this book. I have it on my list of books to read. I bought it at Costco, but have a LOT of other books I’m working on reading, so I may bump this up a little on the list. Thanks for the review!!!!

  2. It’s amazing, this world we live in. Television numbs us to the violence and hardships our fellow men encounter daily. It’s no wonder the world is in the shape it is in. The energy created by centuries of fighting is so great that I think it is difficult for the ordinary person who is lucky enough to have been born in a peaceful place to try to understand why people do what they do. Like you, I’m not really sure what I am feeling today after finishing the book. I know I will think about The Kite Runner for many days ahead. It was definitely well-written. I will not see the movie, as the movies never really do great books justice in my opinion. I made a note in my blog about it at http://www.terrillbodner.com.

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