It's amazing but this book really moves you in the most subtle ways... Without spoiling this book for you, the story draws you into the life of a young boy, but is presented from the perspective of an adult.
This book brought back so many memories of my childhood, and reminded me about where I have come from, and the path I followed to get here. It talks about the love and bond between two young children, about the fears we have all faced as children, and the choices we all make to survive.
That is only one level of the book. Being an individual who grew up in Canada, I found the descriptions of life in Afghanistan very eye-opening. I guess given the past few years of our collective history, I have unconsciously "tuned" out tv and media reports of bombings, and crumbling buildings... this book forced me to think about and acknowledge the atrocities the people of Afghanistan continue to face... it's not showboat primetime news drama, it's earnest, human, and real.
A+ all around.
I am in total agreement with all those reviewers who see The Kite Runner as a flawed masterpiece. I too came away feeling somewhat betrayed by the failure of the second half of the book to measure up to the first. This gem of a short story is partly what makes that first half so memorable, and when I finished the book as a whole, it was the story of the Magic Cup and the images of kite-running which remained imprinted. Such a shame that a story told so deftly should be counterpoised by the all-too-sensationalist images of fake Taleban beards and eye-sockets filled with brass balls.