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And friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved one of a kind classic khaledhosseinic. 45 starsOh my heart This was heartbreaking and beautifully written

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Estroyed It is about the power of reading the price of betrayal and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons their love their sacrifices their liesA sweeping story of family love. Finished this book about a month ago but it s taken me this long to write a review about it because I have such mixed feelings about it It was a deeply affecting novel but mostly not in a good way I really wanted to like it but the I think about what I didn t like about the book the it bothers me I even downgraded this review from two stars to one from the time I started writing it to the time I finishedLet s start off with the good shall we The writing itself was pretty good when it comes to description in that I really felt the author s descriptions of scenes and in terms of moving the story forward That said it s not particularly challenging writing to readThe very best part of the novel is its warm depiction of the mixed culture of Afghanistan and how it conveys the picture of a real Afghanistan as a living place before the coup the Soviet invasion and above all the Taliban and the aftermath of September 11th created a fossilized image in the US of a failed state petrified in backwardness and locked in the role of a villain from central casting Now for the not so good Spoiler Alert because I don t think I m going to be able to complain about what I didn t like about the book without revealing major plot points Not to mention some of what follows will only make sense to someone who has read the book So if you don t want to spoil it for yourself read no further here be spoilersMy overwhelming emotion throughout the book is feeling entirely manipulated Of course one major reason for this is that the author s attempts at metaphor allegory and forshadowing are utterly ham fisted When he wants to make a point he hits you over the head with it hard Amir s split lip Hassan s cleft palate comes immediately resoundingly to mindBut I feel manipulated beyond that The members of the servant class in this story suffer tragic unspeakable calamities sometimes at the hands of our fine hero and yet the novel seems to expect the reader to reserve her sympathies for the wronged privileged child beating his breast over the emotional pain of living with the wounds he has selfishly inflicted upon others How why am I supposed to feel worse for him as he feels bad about what he has done to others Rather than feeling most sympathy and kinship for those who through absolutely no fault of their own must suffer not just once or twice but again and again Of course this elevation of identification with the woundedflawed hero goes hand in hand with an absolutely detestable portrayal of the members of the servant class as being at their utmost happiest when they are being their most servile and utterly subjugating their own needs wants desires pleasures their own selves in fact to the needs of their masters Even when they are protecting their masters from their own arrogance heartlessness or downright stupidityI don t see how the main character Amir could possibly be likeable Amir s battle with Assef momentous as it is is not so much him taking a stand because he feels driven to do so or feels that he must Rather he acts with very little self agency at all he is or less merely carried forward into events And over in the end it is Sohrab Hassan again who saves him I finished the novel resenting Amir and even intensely resenting the author for trying to make the reader think she s supposed to care about Amir than about anyone else in the storyA couple other points I m wondering if one theme of the novel is that there are no definitive happy endings no single immutable moments of epiphany or redemption Because Amir s moral triumph such as it is over Assef is so short lived He manages to crash horrifically only a week or two later when he goes back on his word to Sohrab about his promise not to send him to an orphanageAnd lastly I don t understand why Baba s hypocrisy is not of a theme He makes such a point of drilling into his son s head that a lie is a theft of one s right to the truth His own hipocrisy there is a profound thing and it s a shame the author doesn t do with it Nevertheless after all the bad things I had to say about it I do have a couple uotes worth keepingEvery woman needed a husband Even if he did silence the song in her p178 That s the real Afghanistan Agha sahib That s the Afghanistan I know You You ve always been a tourist here you just didn t know it p 232 UPDATE I originally posted my review The Kite Runner in February 2008 Since then my review has generated a very robust response from other Goodreads members I have responded a couple of times in the comments section but I realize that by now the comments section has gotten long enough that some folks may not realize that I have added some clarifications to my review So although the extended reply that I posted in the comments section in October 2008 is still available in the comments section I am re posting it here so people don t miss itI also want to offer my continued thanks to those who have read liked andor comment on my review of The Kite Runner This kind of back and forth conversation on books is exactly why I signed on to Goodreads I appreciate the feedback and look forward to engaging in such discussion Finally one uick reply One recent commenter asked how I could have given this book only a 1 star rating if I was so affected by it As I replied in the comments the short answer is that I am guided by Goodread s prompts when I rate a book Two stars is It was OK 1 star is I didn t like it While I have praised a few things about the book the bottom line is overall I didn t like it Linda 22 July 2011 Posted 24 October 2008There have been many comments to my review since I first wrote it and I thought it might be about time for me to weigh in for a momentBefore I get into my response I must start off with a great thank you for all those who have felt sufficiently moved positively or negatively by my review to comment and respond I appreciate all the comments whether I agree with them or notFirst of all I d like to address the uestion of whether we re supposed to like Amir or not Yes I do realize that sometimes writers create andor focus on a character that the reader is not meant to like Here though the story is clearly meant to be about some kind of redemption but I found Amir so distasteful that I simply wasn t interested in his redemption The focus of the story was entirely on how Amir s life had been corrupted by the despicable things he d done when the things he d done were entirely part and parcel of the position of power and privilege he occupied over HassanWhich brings me to my second point the insufferable current of paternalism that runs throughout the story The members of the servant and poorer classes are consistently portrayed as saintly absurdly self sacrificing one dimensional characters Regardless of what terrible things befall them they are shown to have nothing but their masters interests at heart Granted it may be unlikely that the powerless would be overtly talking back and setting their masters straight however the novel gives no indication that they even have any private wishes of recrimination or much of a private life for that matter Given this portrayal it is even difficult for me to muster any interest in Amir s suffering But to suggest that perhaps we re misinterpreting the servants subservient attitudes because we approach the story from a different time place or culture is simply to engage in a cultural relativism borne out of and perpetuating the very same paternalismTo clarify my point let s look at some comparable examples from US culture Consider any one of a huge number of films such as Driving Miss Daisy Clara s Heart Bagger Vance or Ghost all simply continuing a tradition that reaches back to Shirley Temple s days in which noble servants or similar helpers have absolutely no concern in their lives other than making sure the wealthy people they are serving have happy fulfilled lives while they themselves never seem to have any of their own personal hopes desires triumphs tragedies or even any hint of a home family personal or romantic life at all Their total happiness is bound up entirely with serving the lives of their rich counterparts It is this uality present throughout Hosseini s book that bothers me mostIn the end however a beautifully written story could have overcome these criticisms or at the very least I would have been able to temper or counter my points above with lavish praise for the writing However here again the novel falls flat It is not particularly well written As some other commenters have also pointed out the storytelling is uite heavy handed and the narrative suffers from implausible plot twists and uncanny coincidences and a writing style that relies far too heavily on cliches and obvious literary devicesI wish that I could say I liked the book To answer another commenter s uestion I haven t read A Thousand Splendid Suns I m afraid I wasn t particularly motivated to do so after my reaction to this one However I do believe as that commenter also suggests that there is something to be gained from the debate and discussion that the book has inspired

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The unforgettable heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being d. This is the sort of book White America reads to feel worldly Just like the spate of Native American pop fiction in the late eighties this is overwhelmingly colonized literature in that it pretends to reveal some aspect of the other culture but on closer inspection aside from the occasional tidbit it is a thoroughly western story firmly ensconced in the western tradition Even those tidbits Hosseini gives are of such a vague degree that to be impressed by them one would have to have almost no knowledge of the history of Afghanistan nor the cultural conflicts raging there between the Shia and Sunni Muslims or how it formed a surrogate battleground for Russia and the United States in the Cold War or for Colonial conflicts in the centuries before Sadly for all the daily news reports about Afghanistan most people know very little of its historyHosseini s story is thickly foreshadowed and wraps up so neatly in the end that the reader will never have to worry about being surprised Every convenient coincidence that could happen does happen He does attempt to bring some excitement to the story with dramatized violence but that s hardly a replacement for a well constructed plot He is also fond of forcing tension by creating a small conflict between two characters and then having them agonize over it for years despite the fact that it would be easy to fix and the characters have no reason to maintain the conflict And since the conflict does not grow or change over time everything is uickly reduced to petty and repetitive reactionsHe even creates a cliched white devil character a literal sociopath and pedophile as the symbol for the evils of the Taliban This creates an odd conflict in the narrative since one of the main themes is that simple ineualities and pointless conflicts stem from Afghan tradition itself His indelicate inclusion of wealthy beautiful white power as the source of religious turmoil in the mid east negates his assertion that the conflicts are caused by small mindedness The fact that this character seems to have the depth of motivation of a Disney villain also means that he does not work as a representation of the fundamental causes of colonial ineuality which tend to be economic not personal The various mixed messages about the contributors to the ongoing Afghan conflict suggest that Hosseini does not have anything insightful to say about itPerhaps the worst part about this book is how much it caters to the ignorance of White America It will allow naive readers to feel better about themselves for feeling sympathy with the larger mid east conflict but is also lets them retain a sense of superiority over the Muslims for their backwards classicist warlike ways In short it supports the condescending parental view that many Americans already have about the rest of the world And it does all this without revealing any understanding of the vast and vital economic concerns which make the greater mid east so vitally important to the future of the worldIt is unfortunate that nowhere amongst this book s artfully dramatized violence and alternative praising and demonizing of the West is there the underlying sense of why this conflict is happening of what put it all into place and of why it will continue to drag us all down The point where it could turn sympathy into indignation or realization is simply absentThere is a bad joke on the internet showing a map of the world with the mid east replaced by a sea filled crater with the comment problem solved What this map fails to represent is that there is a reason the West keeps meddling in the affairs of the mid east and that every time we do it creates another conflict because almost every group who we decry as terrorists now were originally trained and armed by the US and Western powers to serve our economic interestsAs long as we see extremists as faceless sociopaths we can do nothing against them We must recognize that normal people fall down these paths and that everyone sees himself as being in the right Who is right the Westerner whose careless bomb kills a child or the Muslim s that doesThe point shouldn t be to separate the good Muslims from the bad Muslims because people aren t fundamentally good or bad They are fundamentally people Almost without exception they are looking out for their future their children and their communities Calling someone evil merely means you have ceased to try understanding their point of view and decided instead to merely hate because it s easier to remain ignorant than to try to understandThis book isn t particularly insightful or well written but that is in no way unusual in bestsellers The problem is that Americans are going to use this book to justify their ignorance about the problems in the east This book will make people feel better about themselves instead of helping them to think better about the worldFor an actually insightful touching view of the Afghan conflict I would suggest avoiding this bit of naive melodrama and looking up Emmanuel Guibert s The Photographer


10 thoughts on “The Kite Runner

  1. says:

    In 2012 when I was Mathematics teacher at a private high school in Iran I had an Afghan student in my class Sometimes I discussed with my students about literature and I told them of novels and poem I found it very strange that my st

  2. says:

    This is the sort of book White America reads to feel worldly Just like the spate of Native American pop fiction in the late

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    For you a thousand times overChildren aren't coloring books You don't get to fill them with your favorite colorsattention shifted to him like sunflowers turning to the sunBut even when he wasn't around he wasWhen you kill a man you steal a life You steal a wife's right to a husband rob his children of a father When you tell a lie you steal someone's right to the truth When you cheat you steal the right to fairness There is no ac

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    Due to the large number of negative comments I've received including death wishes I've added the following reuestPlease do not take this review or yourself too seriously when reading it I became what I am today at the age of twenty nine on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 2008 What I am about to tell you about what I became is going to be very shocking It is going to manipulate your emotions It may include some random words in my na

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    Finished this book about a month ago but it's taken me this long to write a review about it because I have such mixed feelings about it It was a deeply affecting novel but mostly not in a good way I really wanted to like it

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    The Kite Runner 2003 Khaled HosseiniThe Kite Runner is the first novel by Afghan American author Khaled Hosseini Published in 2003 by Riverhead Books It tells the story of Amir a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul whose closest friend is Hassan The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuou

  7. says:

    This is a wonderful moving novel set in the Afghanistan of the early 70’s and of today about a young boy and his friend growing up

  8. says:

    45 starsOh my heart This was heartbreaking and beautifully written

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    ”When you kill a man you steal a life You steal his wife’s right to a husband rob his children of a father When you tell a lie you steal someone’s right to the truth When you cheat you steal the right to fairness There is no act wretched than stealing”I’m going to be honest with you To read this book was a cons

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    Two little friends an unspeakable secret and a uest for redemptionAmir and Hassan are two little boys living in the peaceful Afghanistan of 1975 before the russian invasion and the subseuent civil wars Amir is the spoiled son of a wealthy and prominent merchant Hassan is the cleft lipped son of an inferior caste

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