Michael’s review of The Kite Runner
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Dec 30, 2007 02:36PM
You really dislike this book don't you?
Personally I loved the book entirely. I don't think Amir was intentionally cruel, cowardly, dull, or weak. First of all he was young. He was hardly capable of being so responsible for himself. More importantly I think the author is almost using Amir’s personality to point out the faults in many humans today. People don't like to be responsible; our society is teaching us to use others to get above everyone, to appear invincible while remaining internally weak, and to think solely of ourselves. The author was practically writing a satire at some points.
I'll totally back you up with the use of Farsi language. It added to the story at times because you got a taste of the culture but it was a bit excessive.
I loved the ending. Now I'm actually worried about the movie though. Movies made from books have a tendency to butcher the story.
Apr 11, 2010 08:34PM
i like your recommendation :) haha
Aug 19, 2012 09:13AM
strangely enough, some best-sellers are actually good! but not if oprah has touted them
Sep 24, 2014 05:12PM
3rd paragraph perfectly describes my issues with the book/Amir. You'd thinkhe'd grow from his disastrous inaction/mistakes, but I got the impression that we were supposed to accept it happened, but we should move on cause that was the past. No. And even his 'noble' retrieval of Hassan's kid seems driven by self-interest not repentance.
I enjoyed the book cause it does sinspire the nostalgia feelings I tend to indulge in personally. 'The way things were' when things were good (eg kites) always works for me. But it's one of the few books I probably won't bother reading again.
Nov 06, 2014 11:08AM
İnsani ilişkilerden, toplumsal sınıf ayrımından savaş ortamına kadar birçok konuya değinmiş yoğun bir kitap. Sovyetler işgalinin Afganistan, özellikle de çocuklar üzerindeki olumsuz etkileri çok güzel anlatılmış. Okuyana o durumun içindeymiş hissi veriyor. Sınıf ayrımı yapmanın, insanları küçük görüp nefret etmenin ve kıskançlığın sonuçlarını çok acı bir şekilde gözler önüne seriyor..
Dec 04, 2014 08:11PM
It's important to realize the conditions of Amir's childhood to correctly judge his character's traits. He grew up with a neglectful father, and felt like a burden because his mother died giving birth to him. It's true, he's not the most scrupulous of characters but I feel like he's one of the most well-rounded, he has good intentions, makes some (very) bad decisions but in the end tries to the right thing and succeeds in saving Sohrab. It's also important to note that his decision to leave Hassan to get raped by Assef was a combonation of many of those things, plus Hazaras social-standing in the country, so it's not like he didn't make that decision out of being a naturally wicked person.
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