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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Kite Runner - Flawed Characters But Perfect Story



I was on a break from reading. This is the first book I read after a gap of over a year. This book is refreshing, not in terms of plot, but in terms of narration. Sentences are simple, crisp and heartfelt. It presents a beautiful picture of Afghanistan... But only to make you miserable by presenting the realistic picture later. There is one big secret or guilt that the main lead carries on his chest. And, later he discovers his father whom he idolizes has a bigger and darker secret - one that betrays everything he ever stood for.


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is one book that told me that Afghanistan was a beautiful place - with kite flying competition, kids watching English movies, gorgeous winter. I feel sad thinking how they live now.

It's a moving story of dealing with flaws where courage is not a trait, but a necessity.

Recommendation - YES

Happy reading,
Saru

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22 comments:

  1. Afghanistan is a war torn country. Human consciousness works in an entirely different framework there. Feel for the suffering people.

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    1. It pains me to see the contrast - what it was and what it is now. War, for any reason, is not justified.

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  2. That's a crispy review. Compliments for expressing your assessment of the book in a nutshell. I have yet to read it but heard a lot about it. Will read it now with your recommendation.

    Jitendra Mathur

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    1. You would love it. It's simple and heartfelt.

      Thanks for reading.

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  3. Have read the book. Khaled Hosseini is a wonderful writer... :-)

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  4. This is a lovely book. Sad but beautiful.

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  5. I had luved reading this. i remember, i cried a lot while reading...

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    1. Same here, Bindu. It's an emotional read.

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  6. This has been pending in my list for long. Interesting brief review Saru!

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    1. It's more of an account of what I read. This review is like a GoodReads shelf of what I've read so far. Plus, to share book photography. I simply love it.

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  7. Yeah, really great book. I loved it.

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  8. I liked the book. Afghanistan is a beautiful place. It is for tough people.

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    1. Sadly so, Sir. I feel sorry for what these people have been going through from decades.

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  9. Kiterunner is one of my favourite books. The book stood for a lot of things: relationships, friendships, courage, guilt. One of the finest works of Hosseini :)

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    1. I agree. This is his finest book. I have read 'And the Mountains Echoed' and I didn't like it much.

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  10. I guess this one and A Thousand Splendid Suns by the same writer are pending in my list for quite a while. Seeing your review, now I am keen to strike them off my read list soon enough. I recently read a book called Taliban Cricket Club which is a bit of a fictional story on how a young girl teaches cricket to a group of individuals who win a tournament. While it's fiction in the true sense, there are so many elements of tragedy and despair which the characters have to go through each and everyday of their lives which is quite poignant.

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    1. I have to read this book now. Looks like an uplifting story that would certainly inspire. Thanks for mentioning this, Aseem.

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