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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
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Dec 01, 2008

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Read in November, 2008

I'll say it again.... The best way to read a book to is to have it read to you by the author. An extra narrative dimension is reached by listening to even an unskilled speaking voice tell his own story.

In the case of Mr Hosseini, who has a wonderful voice, we got to hear words pronounced in his native language. Afghans speak their country's name in a way I would never have understood before hearing this book. (Do you see any W's in there?)

I was enthralled by the mood and location of the first third of the book, got a bit restless in the middle third, and was downright annoyed through the final third.

Shortly after beginning, I actually double checked to make sure it was fiction. With a perfect seasoning of historical events, it was so real and heartfelt, I kept hearing "autobiography" in my mind. Then "story" elements started creeping in and my disillusionment began to build. By the end my disbelief was complete and my mind was echoing "soap opera."

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