Princess Peach - Empress of the World (ladyofsalzburg) wrote,
Princess Peach - Empress of the World

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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