My wife made fun of me because every time I finished a chapter of The Kite Runner I would say "This is Such A Good Book!"
Although I finished reading this book a few weeks ago I have been reluctant to share my thoughts here because this is the type of book you only want to discuss with someone who's read it, for fear of over discussion would take away the reading experience from them.
The Kite Runner(written in 2003) is the first published novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini (actually it's the first novel published in Englished by an Afghan author).
The story provides an excellent mini-history lesson on Afghanistan's modern history, but in a way that doesn't bring high expectations to the table.
There were certain plot elements and foreshadowings that were very clear to me as I read this book, and yet at the same time I thought I had the entire story figured out Hosseini would throw in the most bizarre twists and turns that although I saw the end in sight I had no idea how I was going to get there.
I am excited for Marc Forster's film adaptation of this book which is scheduled for a November 2007 release. I really hope that Forster and his crew (including Khalid Abdalla) do this novel justice and create an artful and entertaining film.
Before then...read the book!
(As November gets closer and I digest this book some more, I imagine I will post more on this book and movie, so consider the reading assignment StrangeCulture homework, to be honest, I could easily see this book become common academic literature, especially at the undergraduate level.)
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