Rereading this after reading it for the first time in seventh grade was like coming home. Everything's familiar, everything's comforting; but at the sRereading this after reading it for the first time in seventh grade was like coming home. Everything's familiar, everything's comforting; but at the same time you can't help but notice the cracks, the things you missed all your life and have just started to see. ...more
Having read the book, I understand the simultaneous deserving and undeserving popularity of The Kite Runner. It's definitely moving, it's well-writtenHaving read the book, I understand the simultaneous deserving and undeserving popularity of The Kite Runner. It's definitely moving, it's well-written, and it does a good job of balancing aspects of Afghan culture with our more American sensibilities. Hosseini knows how to play the suspense card, and ties in moral dilemmas and deliberations that make the novel seem literary, even if they're more than a little over the top.
All in all, I'd say my best description of The Kite Runner is that it's definitely a book club novel. One where you can discuss all sorts of things, while still fundamentally come down to the same damn ideas, and just basically praise and cry over the book. If my mom was more into this sort of novel (she's more of a romance reader), I can see this being something she'd push into my hands and coo over. It has that Oprah quality to it :P
The Kite Runner is definitely depressing. I felt like shooting myself more than once while reading this novel, though that may because while I enjoyed it, most of me was counting down the pages I had yet to finish. It's also weirdly cliché and predictable. While I never totally guessed everything, I was never surprised. The narrative felt cookie cutter-like almost.
I don't know enough about Afghan history, so I can't say much about that, but there was a definite emphasis on integrating the culture and especially language of the main character to make the novel feel "authentic." While it worked, I again felt the sense that it was intentional and cookie cutter-ish.
All in all, The Kite Runner was an interesting read, though perhaps more for understanding the popularity of the novel, than the novel instead... 3/5...more
Here's my plan for the next week. Read this. Read The Lost World. Watch the movies. Cry. Sob. Watch Jurassic World. Play the lego game. Cry some more.Here's my plan for the next week. Read this. Read The Lost World. Watch the movies. Cry. Sob. Watch Jurassic World. Play the lego game. Cry some more. The end.
This is the second time I've read Jurassic Park and I have to say, despite the fact I enjoyed it, I think I definitely prefer the movie. And that could simply be a bias on my part, considering I've loved the movie since I was 6 or so. That doesn't negate the fact the book is quite good, with a great blend of scifi elements and thrilling escapades, but it doesn't quite have the charm the film does for me. There are quite a few characters, Hammond, Grant, and Lex come to mind, that seem nearly one-dimension (and in the case of Hammond, much too villain-esque) compared to their film counterparts, and I surprisingly didn't feel I got to know any of these characters compared to the time I spent with them on film.
Again, probably biased, but these are my thoughts.
I can see why it's so popular though and why it was optioned for film before its publication; the core of this novel is brilliant: the scifi elements rock, but its the characters, for me anyway, that don't hold firm; it's the dinosaurs that charm. ...more