The Kite Runner Essay

770 Words Apr 7th, 2006 4 Pages
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini's powerhouse debut novel, was recommended to me by a friend whose literary tastes I'd never previously had the opportunity to compare with my own. It's always reassuring to me when I find that someone I respect has standards that reasonably approximate my own. The novel is currently a bestseller, and is hailed as the first Afghan novel written in English. I liked The Kite Runner enough to read it through twice. It was a gripping read the first time around. It held my attention the second time as well, but the harrowing themes in this novel made me a little melancholic.

The Kite Runner is the story of two boys growing up in Kabul. Amir, a bookish and unathletic boy, struggles for the approval and love of
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In the end, I think a flawed but candid character better than one that is too rosy and good for anything outside of a fairy tale. Ultimately, the main character is a believable one, which counts for a lot in my view.

Similarly, reading Hosseini's narrative is not always pleasant. There is violence in these vivid pages, and brutality. The sexist double standards of Afghan culture are on display. But there is also honor, redemption and tenderness. As I read, I was always either wondering or dreading what was going to happen next. I cared about what was happening on every page. Hosseini's writing is not fancy, nor is it completely simple. His storytelling ability, more so than his writing, held my attention and kept me turning the pages. It even brought out those all-too-rare twinned emotions while reading: enjoyment coupled by the feeling that I didn't want the book to end.

Fortunately, this isn't one of those novels which show an author's talent in the early chapters only to fall apart mid-way through the story as so many other promising novels do. True enough, there were a very few moments that did not convince in this ambitiously plotted tale. And the ending of the book seemed to wind up a little too quickly when compared with the steady pacing in the rest of the story. On the other hand, I really liked the inclusion of a few Dari words. I understood them because I studied Persian for a few

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