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message 1: by Ben (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:22AM) (new)

Ben Morris This was a powerful novel. One thing I liked about the book was the relationship between the main character, Amir, his father, Agha sahib, Rahim Khan, and Hassan and his father. There is a five point relationship here. Rahim Khan is a connector between Agha sahib and Amir -- one entity -- and Hassan and his father -- the other entity. I liked the way the book took a turn around the meeting between Rahim Khan and Amir. Nor only was this was a turning point in the plot, in Amir beginning his journey back to Afghanistan to rescue Sohrab, it also marks a transformation in Amir. He stands up for something he believes in: the life of a child. This allows him to become a companion to Sohrab, which redeems him for his lack of loyalty to Hassan.

message 2: by Irene (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:03PM) (new)

Irene love your review! read this book a few weekends back but still can't write about it. started reading on my bed, went to the sofa in livin room, still gripped it at the dining table... yes, it's funny and moving. reading it was quite a journey in itself.

message 3: by Ben (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:03PM) (new)

Ben Morris Thanks! I appreciate the qoutes that Linda pulled out of the story.

The qoute about "the beggars were mostly children now, thin and grim-faced...hardly any of them sat with an adult male - the war had made rare fathers in Afghanistan " made me think about how every war has an impact on future generations. Makes me wonder how about the culture and mileu of the future generation of children, born to Iraqi veterans (both living and passed on).

message 4: by Jerome (new)

Jerome The plot "turn" that you mention could be seen nearly a mile away. If you have read the book "The Power of One" by Courtenay, seen the movie "8 Mile" or any of a million other sport movies; then you will notice the theme of defeating an old adversary repeated too many times. In fact, it's becoming sort of obvious.

That being said, the periphery of the main character's story is what makes this book any decent and memorable. Don't know how much of it is TRUE, remember it's in the fiction section, but it does seem plausible.

Oh, and congrats on kicking the boys butts above.

message 5: by Nissa (new)

Nissa Arcangel I think "a Child called It" and "Night" are more disturbing than Kite Runner... after all, the first two books are actual reality...

message 6: by Linda (new)

Linda Vanessa wrote: "I think "a Child called It" and "Night" are more disturbing than Kite Runner... after all, the first two books are actual reality..."

Vanessa, I agree but for me personally, Kite Runner echoed my dad's stories from Vietnam which is why it affected me a bit differently.

message 7: by Nissa (new)

Nissa Arcangel Oh I see... lets hope whatever nightmares from vietnam persist in his mind find peace some day.

message 8: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Noel I'm a little surprised by this review. Obviously people have different tastes but I'm about half way through and I find myself struggling to get through it. Is the second half better than the first? It's VERY well written, but it just hasn't lived up to the hype for me. Your thoughts?

message 9: by Jerry (new)

Jerry Bennett I think they beginning half was well portrayed when the soviets attacked and shortly after Amir and his dad had to move to the U.S. from then on the only intense scene was when Sohrab was raped by Assef like his father. And also when Amir gets a letter from Rahim Khan telling him about Hasan's death. To me these were the most emotional parts in the second half. But I still think this book is one of my favorite books.

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