I had heard a lot of good reviews about this book, but I read A Thousand Splendid Suns by the same author last year and while I will note that Suns is a well written book, it’s subject matter left me not exactly wanting more. Because of this I have avoided The Kite Runner until now. I picked up a copy at the library book sale and after reading a few “less intense” books lately I decided to finally tackle this one.
I have to say I’m very glad I did delve into this book. It is very well written and quite easy to read for a book that deals with such intense subject matter. I can’t explain why, but with this book the author did a better job of presenting the dark and somewhat gory stuff in a manner that didn’t turn me away. It turns out to be a beautiful story even with all the tragedy involved. The author managed to lock us into the main character’s mind so well that we can’t bring ourselves to like him until he finally begins to like himself (and that’s not until near the end.) The themes of father/son relationships, familial traditions and human tolerance (or lack thereof,) although presented through an Afghan’s eyes, are easily understood and related to by any reader.
I’m sure all that gooble gabble up there is clear as mud. :) It’s a good book, well worth looking into.