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Old 07-29-2010, 07:11 PM   #1
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Need Advice re: Kite Runner

Anybody read this one? A good friend recommended it. Would appreciate some feedback.

Author is Khaled Hosseini
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:16 PM   #2
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I read it a while back. It was excellent but be forewarned; there is a brutal male on male rape scene.
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:12 PM   #3
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This was one of those books that I got about three-quarters of the way through before I thought, "Why?" Although the writing was good, the book just depressed me so bad, and from what I knew about it even before I read it, I knew that I wasn't likely to be any less depressed when I finished it. If I'm not going to be actually entertained or enthralled by a book, I at least want to learn something from it, and that didn't seem to be happening for me. But, as always, YMMV, because I'm not a big fan of that category of books I call "Oprah books," which always seem to feature someone with a wretched life story trying to find some redemption in the end. I've read plenty of sad books in my time, but now I want something a little different. Only my opinion, though, and lots of people love this book. :-)
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:27 PM   #4
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The Kiterunner is a brilliant tale of friendship, betrayal and a self-need for redemption. It's one of the few novels you'll remember throughout your life. The "rape scene" arguably isn't the most potent segment in terms of its ability to draw emotions from the reader. Once you finish the story you'll be wondering whether or not someone can truly redeem their past sins and if you, the reader, can ever forgive them. If there was one book I'd recommend anyone it would be this
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:56 AM   #5
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I read the book about three years ago and really loved it! I felt that it "introduced" me to Afghanistan, above and beyond the newspaper level.

Edit: Speaking about Afghanistan, I read another excellent novel recently that takes place in that country, "The Wasted Vigil" by Nadeem Aslan. I found it very impressive in the way it describes the brutal reality there, it is hard to imagine for me how people can bear to live like that.

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Old 07-30-2010, 01:57 AM   #6
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I read it and enjoyed it very much .
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:23 AM   #7
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Although Kite Runner is quite brutal in sections it's nothing compared to Khaled Hosseinis second book A Thousand Splendid Suns which makes you question humanity. This book got me seriously upset and was quite depressing.
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:29 AM   #8
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:35 AM   #9
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I haven't read it, but a lady in my book club did and she didn't care for it. She said it was not at all what she expected.
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:39 AM   #10
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Anybody read this one? A good friend recommended it. Would appreciate some feedback.

Author is Khaled Hosseini
Loved it.
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:56 AM   #11
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IMO, the writing is crap and does not justify having to bear the brutal story. BUT it seems I'm in a minority, so you should probably ignore me

There is absolutely no subtlety in the writing, nothing is left to the imagination, nothing is suggested, even the obvious is painstakingly laid out. I cannot stand that kind of writing, but most people don't seem to mind. If you're like me, don't bother with this book, otherwise just ignore this post.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:13 AM   #12
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Although Kite Runner is quite brutal in sections it's nothing compared to Khaled Hosseinis second book A Thousand Splendid Suns which makes you question humanity. This book got me seriously upset and was quite depressing.
- I cried at a Thousand Splendid Suns
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:48 AM   #13
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I thought the book was well written, but ultimately I didn't really like it. The book looks as if it will follow a very well used literary path, child born into privilege, has some bad things happen in his youth, is forced to flee, spends time in another land, then returns to his boyhood home for redemption and over coming his boyhood fears, while learning that seeing things through adult eyes casts a different picture of his childhood. But in this story nothing seems to work out in the end for the protagonist. I felt at the close of the book, that it was sort of like well what's the point?

I felt the book did do a good job of introducing a different culture to readers who might not know anything about it.
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:19 PM   #14
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Okay, I'll give it a go and post my thoughts here.

Thanks all.
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Old 07-31-2010, 01:03 PM   #15
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Haven't read the Kite runner but am thinking of reading it. I have read A thousand Splendid suns by the same author and that was an emotional exprience. If I think about it for too long I get teary eyed. I remember reading it in the library at uni and crying in public.

I've actually seen the film version of the Kite Runner. I enjoyed it but the rape scene was way too much. I wanted to turn the film off after that but stayed with it.

I think I will go and buy it now as it seems to have good reviews. I hope it will be as good as a thousand splendid suns.
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