In terms of Vampire books, this one is less "Twilight" or "Vlad Tod" and more "Dracula", although closer on the spectrum to the prior than you might eIn terms of Vampire books, this one is less "Twilight" or "Vlad Tod" and more "Dracula", although closer on the spectrum to the prior than you might expect based on that scale.
What I enjoyed most about this fictional account was how much history was included. In the process of being entertained, I felt like I learned quite a bit about the famous romainian Vlad Cepes (or Vlad the impaler), upon whom most of the Dracula stories throughout history have been based. I also felt like I learned a lot about the Automan Empire, the Turks, and just a general geography of southeastern Europe as well.
Although the formatting of the story (i.e. multiple story lines with multiple protagonists) was a little unusual, I didn't feel confused (mainly because I was listening on tape and they had different voices for the different characters.) What I really enjoyed from Kostova, was her imagery in the story. She did a great job of helping you to feel the scenery, and painting the contrast.
This book is a very good modern civil-rights-era book. It investigates the era from the perspective of one white writer and 2 black maids. In almost aThis book is a very good modern civil-rights-era book. It investigates the era from the perspective of one white writer and 2 black maids. In almost a "To Kill a Mockingbird" tone, it addresses content similar to what is investigated in a Tony Morrison or Richard Wright book. I would have a hard time teaching it to public school aged children because of the content and language. However, I would highly recommend reading it in a University seminar class where it could be compared to other modern civil rights books. ...more
In terms of difficulty of content, I put Hosseini on a shelf with Authors Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, Tim O'brien, and Julia Alvarez. Where beautyIn terms of difficulty of content, I put Hosseini on a shelf with Authors Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, Tim O'brien, and Julia Alvarez. Where beauty and pain come together for African-American culture in a Toni Morrison or Richard Wright novel, Afghan pain and beauty is found in The Kite Runner. If Caribean diaspora is painted as a butterfly for Julia Alvarez, Afghanis can claim the blood of glass-laiden kite strings to represent theirs. Even Tim O'brien's skewed perception of personal worth and PTSD-style loss of reality is rivaled by the pains and guilt felt by Amir in this novel.
I found myself crying on multiple occasions while reading this book. Not because I felt bad for the individuals in the story, but because I felt, in reading the story, that I was accepting a part of the real pain of a people who were exposed to the types of things portrayed in this novel.
While I recommend this book to all people, I note that a specific maturity is needed to be able to read this book. I would not allow anyone in a "juvenile" or even "young adult" category read this book. I would reserve it strictly for people considered to be "adult" and even that I would be careful with. Frankly, it is not for the fain of heart. ...more