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Shvoong Home>Books>Novels & Novellas>The Kite Runner (Novel) Review

The Kite Runner (Novel)

Book Review   by:abhadra     Original Author: Khaled Hosseini
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The book was a gift from a friend. After a long period of dryness (no books read), I found some free time and grabbed this one, lying in wait on my table for several months now, and started reading. Very soon I found myself lost in the streets of Kabul, walking amidst the market folk, loitering under the pomegranate tree, smelling the delicious Kabobs, and watching the kites..... The kite runner is not just a story, it is a journey, through forgotten alleys, dark streets, musty corners. The reader travels through the streets of Kabul and to the Afghan flea market in the US, seeing everything through the eyes of a boy stepping over the threshold of childhood to adolescence and manhood. The journey exposes the darkest corners of human nature, and yet draws out a sympathetic sigh from the depths of the reader's soul. One lives through the ups and downs of Afghanistan, and battles through the personal crisis of a boy aching for his father's love all his life. "The Kite Runner" is an ode to friendship and love, a chronicle of a man who has lost his roots in his childhood, and found the love of a woman, a man who lives with the shadow of a dark patch in his past bearing down upon his life and gnawing at his heart, and who has one chance of being good again. As I read the last sentence of the book, I knew I would be haunted by a round face with a harelipped smile for a long time to come; that and a blue kite with a yellow tail.....
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