Kite Runner depicts the story of Amir, a boy living in Afghanistan, and his journey throughout life. He experiences periods of happiness, sorrow, and confusion as he matures. Amir is shocked by atrocities and blessed by beneficial relationships both in his homeland and the United States. Reviewers have chosen sides and waged a war of words against one another over the notoriety of the book. Many critics of Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, argue that the novel would not have reached a lofty level of success if the U.S. had not had recent dealings with the Middle East, yet other critics accurately relate the novel’s success to its internal aspects.
Opponents of the Afghan novel argue that only mediocre reviews should be written for a book
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This lack of connection shows a weakness in the author’s ability to really dig deep into a metaphor and hit it from all angles. Kipen is thoroughly dissatisfied with Hosseini’s use of such an “apt and evocative” metaphor. This underdeveloped staple of the novel is one of its main weaknesses addressed by the opponents. The reviewers were let down by the temptation of such a powerful symbol that fell short of their expectations. Kipen states that as Afghanistan falls out of “the nation’s current preoccupations – Hosseini may wind up with his strings sliced out from under him.” The American connection to the novel may have just been a cover up for the people’s fascination with Afghanistan itself. As the nation begins to move away from affairs with the Middle East the people too may move away from reading Kite Runner, and its success may be short lived. The adversaries of the book believe that there is not an engaging enough plot to make for longstanding success and a lack of memorable scenes to promote recommendation of the novel.
Another weakness addressed by the opposition of Kite Runner is how “traditionally and transparently” Hosseini writes his novel. Kipen, along with other critics, feels that the author tried much too hard to make his images and themes understandable, which led them to be