Is this the best book you have ever read? I haear from almost everyone that "The Kite Runner" is the best book they have EVER read. Why is that, what is it about this book that draws us in? Or, if you do not think this is a great book, why not?
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.
It's not obvious to me that "everyone lived happily ever after" ... the silence of the year leading up to the time of the end of the book is pretty heart-wrenching, if you've ever experienced "silence" for an extended period of time from your child! If you want to go from a "hint of a smile" to "lived happily ever after", that tells me you were just expecting a "happily ever after ending" ... perhaps just upset about the "found God", which I can't say I noticed as much as you clearly did ... but Amir's progression to a greater awareness of spiritual things paralleled my own experience, as did many of his other experiences/feelings/behaviors ... which is why I liked the story.
What a story!! The emotional spectrum mirrors life. The author's style is simple yet seductive. Impossible to put down, I read it in one sitting. I felt as though I had spent the evening with my new best friend. At times, it reminded me of how Amy Tan's characters transcend from one culture and assimilate into the next bringing the best of themselves to forge through the healing process. I enjoyed becoming familiar with the customs and rituals of the "old" country, so to speak. But why was it great? What made it believable? I think that its greatness lies in the promise of hope at the end.
I'm not sure it's the best book I've EVER read but I do think it is in the top few. The first time I read it, I picked it up off my mother-in-law's table and started reading it in the evening. I couldn't put it down and stayed up until 3 a.m. until I finished it. I just finished reading it for the second time and immediately upon reading the last word I had the urge to open back to page 1 and start over. The only reason I didn't is because a friend was waiting to read it after I was done and I didn't want her to have to wait any longer. My book club will be discussing the book this week and I can't wait to hear everyone's thoughts on it.
I don't think this was a 'happily ever after' story, and I also didn't think Amir "found God" and this wrapped up all the loose ends. I do think there was some redemption and healing of past wounds, but to me this added to the story. Great book, everyone should read it!
I disagree that eveyone lived happily ever after and that there was a relation to a religious affirmation. Amir was looking for answers, and it is not clear that he found answers in his desperate grasp at a "higher being." That he found comfort, yes. That he found another way to express himself spiritually, probably. Answers, no.
There was no "happy ever after." The novel ended with hope, the same hope Amir and the other Afghan refugees had for their country and the future. The novel traced the changes in Afghanistan through the characters, and the arc of the unknown future of the country was mirrored in the unknown future of Amir and his family.
Good book. (to answer the question of this thread, I would not count it as the "best" I read, but I am glad that I read it.)
I didnt even know you could reply to these but saw your post and had to. This really is one of the best books that I have ever read and the best that Ive read this year. I didnt think I would like it but couldnt put it down. It's a moving story that broadened my views on Afghanistan and countries like it and enlightened my understanding of americans of this decent. This book also made me reflect on my own moral issues and what inspires them in me.
I place this book in my top books of all time category... I too would never say any book is the "best" I've ever read. But this one, I couldn't put down, and that's as good as it gets.
I finished the book with a deeper understanding of Afghanistan and her people. That in itself is an accomplishment because I am a typical American who gets what the media spoons out on a daily basis. For that I am grateful to Khaled Hosseini. Even more, I fell in love with Afghanistan. "Bravo" Mr. Hosseini!
I agree, this was not an "everyone lived happily ever after..." ending. The silent boy is just a microcosm of all the many children in the world damaged for life from war and/or dictators. He never said he believed in God, he just bargained with "God" if there were one, until the boy survived. I believed this showed how desperate he was and how much he cared for the boy and his wife. This path could and probably would lead to a belief in God. Because of the war, abuse, his father not sharing faith with him, death of his mother, cruelity, barrenness of his wife, and the very slow recovering of his "son", he will be fighting an uphill battle. To use a tired warn expression, "There's no atheist in fox holes". I think he set out to show how desperate his countrymen are; bringing it down to a real personal level is an excellent way to share a store. I too got caught up in the story as if it were true. Listening to a poor quality CD, I went and borrowed to book to find out more about the route he traveled to the dying friend, and to see who exactly it was who died from the fumes. I felt like I was there and was anxious to get back to the US. As an Army wife who lived in a 3rd world county, very few authors give full justice to the reality. I am eager to read his next book.