This is a very intricately woven book. In order to fully understand everything that is happening I think it is really necessary to discuss it with somThis is a very intricately woven book. In order to fully understand everything that is happening I think it is really necessary to discuss it with someone else as you read it....more
The second half of this book, or really, the last third, is a disappointment. I will admit that. The ending is cheesy, completely unrealistic, and extThe second half of this book, or really, the last third, is a disappointment. I will admit that. The ending is cheesy, completely unrealistic, and extremely melodramatic. But...
I loved the first two thirds of this work. Hosseini creates an extremely realistic character in Amir, and a slightly more one-dimensional character in Hassan. He delves into the brain of a very confused and slightly depressed young boy-- Amir-- and allows us to witness many realistic and touching scenes from boyhood. We also witness, throughout the book, Amir's internal struggle with himself. In reality, this work really addresses Amir's atonishingly accurate perception of what he wants to be like, and who he actually is. The disparity between these two halves of himself propel the story forward for the first half of the book, making it an interesting and compelling tale.
The only problem I have with the beginning is the perfection of Hassan, almost to the point of making him an Uncle Tom characterization. But, if we acknowledge that this image of Hassan comes through the adoring, and now aged, eyes of Amir, then it becomes obvious this over-perfection of Hassan is most likely a flaw of the narrator's memory as opposed to a dramatization of the author's. If we look at Hassan as the person Amir wants to be, then it makes sense for him to idealize his illustration of Hassan. There is also, of course, the later metaphor of Hassan and Amir being two halves of a whole in which Hassan is the "good" and Amir the "bad".
Unfortunately, as others have said, the ending is more of a means to an end than an actual achievement in and of itself, which is sad.
But, overall, I would recommend this book to others, because it does give wonderful insight into friendship and the development of character. ...more
Realizing that I may be found and attacked by a mob of Austenites, I must confess I am not necessarily an Austen fan. I find that an analytical/comparRealizing that I may be found and attacked by a mob of Austenites, I must confess I am not necessarily an Austen fan. I find that an analytical/comparative study of several of her works is much more entertaining than process of actually reading one.
That being said, I did actually enjoy Sense and Sensibility, and I may be the only person in the world who believes Colonel Brandon is perhaps the best romantic hero she created-- not as perfectly upstanding as Darcy, but more realistic in the long run. A true rendition of what happens when a person with strong "sensibilities" is faced with hardship and forced to gain some "sense". I am one of the few who believes Brandon is just as prone to overwhelming passion as Marianne, that he deserves her, and that he isn't a "punishment". ...more