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April Books 8) The Kite Runner

8) The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

I think I bought this when some recommendations algorithm suggested I might enjoy it - can't remember now which one. Anyway, I started off thinking that it was rather better than Ian McEwan's Atonement; by the end I no longer thought so, but still glad I read it. Things I liked: the portrayal of childhood, friendship, awful betrayal; the descriptions of life in Afghanistan (and to a lesser extent of Pakistan). Things I was less keen on: child abuse, and a certain running out of narrative steam towards the end. One point I was expecting but didn't find: reflections on being an exile, I guess because it is something I think about a lot of myself. Still, a good book.

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ang_grrr
Apr. 22nd, 2006 09:35 am (UTC)
I enjoyed the Kite Runner but found myself hardly able to read the last few chapters without sobbing.
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nwhyte
Apr. 23rd, 2006 09:12 am (UTC)
Is it de rigueur reading for people working in Afghanistan in the way that Ali and Nino is for people working in the South Caucasus?
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nwhyte
Apr. 23rd, 2006 09:18 am (UTC)
And is the Bookseller of Kabul worth reading?
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