The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

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The book in one sentence: A naïve, cowardly mistake made in his childhood costs Amir his conscience and sleep, which he will make up for years later.

Who would you recommend it to: Readers looking for a meaningful read.

OK bits: The happy moments in Amir’s life.

Boring bits: The descriptive prose about the setting didn’t interest me.

Random review quote:

“Rings true with tenderness and truth. In the sense that Amir is the one who struggles to master his fatal flaw, he is the hero of the book. But it is Hassan’s silent, sacrificial love that will bring the lump to your throat” — Daily Mail

Verdict: I finally understand why many people rave about this book. I even recommend it myself. But it will not be a book near to my heart because it is so incredibly different and sad. A very, very sad book.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lovelyloey
    Dec 19, 2007 @ 08:42:07

    Yes, a very very sad book. I thought I could have understood it better if I had any knowledge of the racial problems in that area. It just didn’t feel close to heart, ya?

    nylusmilk: yes, you’re right. i’m sadly more inclined to books with western settings than books with oriental themes, even! it’s those enid blytons i was fed on when younger, i guess. but i also remembered reading the bookworm gang, and that’s singaporean, haha…

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  2. trish
    May 30, 2008 @ 15:46:17

    I like yours better than mine. Want to fight over it? 🙂

    nylusmilk: haha, nah, let’s call it a tie. 😉

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