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The Kite Runner

I've just finished reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.  

It's nothing like I've ever read before.  Set in Afghanistan and then America, The Kite Runner follows the life of Amir from childhood to adulthood, documenting the history of Afghans and Afghanistan in fiction.  It's also a film now, but I've not seen that, and in a way I'm not sure I want to see it.  The book was written very well, and there were a variety of things tackled in it, covering many emotions.  At times it made me laugh and smile, sometimes even want to cry, because of the storyline et al, but at other times I wanted to hide from it.  There are nasty incidents and various amounts of violence, but lets not forget the background to the book: Afghanistan in the late 70s - noughties, so you have the Russians and the Taliban in there as well.

However, despite this, its a very good book and I'm very glad I read it.  Admittedly it's not something I'd want to read again and again, but I feel better for having read it.  It's the first book of Khaled Hosseini but you wouldn't know.  It has all the elements that you'd expect of a world famous writer, which explains why The Kite Runner is critically acclaimed.  Hosseini is a force to be reckoned with.

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lin71
Jun. 13th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
You're so right about this one! It's a 'must-read', that's what it is.

Should you ever want to read something that gets to you in a pretty similar way, I can really recommend 'Angel of Grozny' by Asne Seierstad (a norwegian reporter). It's a bit more in a journalistic style (because she's a news reporter), but my God, if there ever was a book that got to me in the past year or so, it was that one.
ladyofsalzburg
Jun. 13th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Ok, I might look into that at some point. I saw a lady reading this on the train ages ago, before I'd even heard of it and I could read the blurb from where I was sat and it sounded interesting. Only ended up buying it because I was bored at the station last week.
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ladyofsalzburg
Jun. 13th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
Well I would recommend the book. It even has points to consider for discussion at the back, and other books for reference listed as well.

I'm not sure I want to see the film, especially as some bits in the book are rather... graphic, but it is very good, and Hosseini is actually an Afghan who lives in America. He moved over there at proportionally the same time as the main character moved to America.
deltachild
Jun. 26th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)
Damn it! Now I want to read it even more :P
ladyofsalzburg
Jun. 26th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Sorry! If you're that desperate to read it I'll post you my copy!
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