Monday, February 24, 2014
'The Kite Runner'- Khaled Hosseini
This was actually my first completed book of 2014 (techinically last book of 2013 too) and it wasn't a disappointment. I won't go into the story, because knowing me I will give away something vital about the plot, but this is a powerful story of friendship and war in Afganistan.
The writing is beautiful, the descriptions of the Afganistan landscape were the thing that moved me most and I liked the pace of the book.
I must admit that I disliked the main character Amir intensely and I also was tempted at one point, to stop reading this novel because of that fact. However, I realise now that this was deliberate on the writer's part, because all of the characters, make realistic progressions throughout the novel, including Amir.
The only slight criticism I have with this novel is that I found the ending to be a bit predictable. I worked out what was going to happen a while before the main character.
However, this is one of the most powerful books illustrating the horror and suffering which has gone on in Afganistan I have ever read. In some ways, it mades more impact than any news report about the war does.