The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


“For you, a thousand times over.”

Thought it’s about time for me to read this book, since everybody, and I mean everybody, has read it.

Great start. I was already teary on the first dozen of pages or so. Although after going further, I found myself sometimes on the brink of worry that the book would be too soap-opera like. It just seemed to be at the tip of being sad in a nice heartbreaking way, or cliche and cheesy. It could easily go one way or the other. But at the end though, I think I would give the book a break and forget about being too critical. I enjoyed it. It’s nice. It’s nice story about unfamiliar culture, family saga, in a land far far away. And it’s sad. It’s sad because you grow attached to the characters and care for them. When calamity happens, you feel for them.

I especially found the relationships between the men (and boys) in the story interesting. Father and son, master and servant, family, friends, brothers.. There’s certain intimacy that I thought doesn’t really exist among a lot of other cultures. They also seemed to be more comfortable at crying and showing affections between males. (and some people go to sickening extreme…)

What’s with all these sudden books about Kabul and Afganishtan? I’m halfway through Kabul Beauty School and I have Bookseller of Kabul on my shelf. I guess it’s because of the Taliban and all. I’m also definitely looking forward to read Hosseini’s next book: A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Pages: 324
Rating: 4 out of 5 [Very Good]
Interesting book, interesting characters, interesting setting and cultures, interesting subject matter.

First line

I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.

Last line

I ran.

Suggested Further Reading by Bloomsbury

Fiction
Amber by Stephan Collishaw
By the Sea by Abdulrazak Gurnah
The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra
The fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
The Orchard on Fire by Shena Mackay
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif

Non-fiction
West of Kabul, East of New York by Tamim Ansary
The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad

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4 thoughts on “The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini”

  1. I enjoyed this book as well but also thought it did contain too many cliches and the end was predictable. Personally I prefered A Thousand Splendid Suns

  2. I read from some on-line book review that “A Thousand Splendid Suns” is a surprisingly better novel than “The Kite Runner”…Tell us about it when you finished, please?:)

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