Thursday, January 13, 2005

The Kite Runner

Whew, The Kite Runner is quite the novel. Stunningly beautiful and deeply disturbing. It is difficult to say whether or not i would recommend it to people. I know i would recommend it to some, but not everyone. It is a very heavy story, set in Kabul, about friendship and betrayal and the life long consequences of that betrayal.

At about page 113, as i was sobbing, i seriously considered whether or not i could go on reading the story unless i knew there was going to be some sort of redemption in the end. But i kept reading and i am glad i did. Khaled Housenni has draw such wonderful characters that when they fall, you fall as well. There is some triumph in the end, but given the situation of Afghanistan and what the people there have lived through in the past few decades, it is difficult to see this triumph as enough. So you leave the novel both a little heart warmed and troubled. And maybe that is a good thing. There are no quick fixes in life and to end the novel any other way would be to give it a Hollywood ending. Which makes me a little worried since IMDb indicates that the Kite Runner will be made into a movie. Made well the movie could be breath taking. But it must be made well.

13 Comments:

Blogger scarbie doll said...

I am so glad you finally read this book. I read it in Oslo back in May before the morning sickness fully hit. Then I passed it to the Dog, who takes months to finish a book. He finished it in 3 days. It is completely engrossing, especially if you don't know a lot about the history of Afghanistan or what life was like there, which -- let's face it -- many of us did not even consider before September 11th.

I agree with you. The thought that they are making a movie of the book is concerning. I'd hate to see it Americanized. But it is an epic drama nonetheless and was written very visually, so I can see how it might work in the right hands.

8:07 AM  
Blogger tilotamma said...

will read it, another friend in Delhi also recommended it but just wasn't sure.

3:49 PM  
Blogger tilotamma said...

Hearing more and more good things about it.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm reading The Kite Runner now and am absolutely rivited. I've been playing the book as a movie in my mind's eye since page one, which isn't hard to do, given the author's knack for detil and well -drawn characters. In the right hands, it could be a remkarable film. I'm hoping they get the script right...

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know the producer making it and his credits consist of, the quiet american, talented mr. ripley, and cold moutain. KR is intended to be subltitled in english with the true farsi langue spoken by the actors, when they move to the US, broken english will be the language. Also, the cast will be athentic to the curture and cast from mostly unknows from the region.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished reading The Kite Runner last night and it really opened my eyes to culture in Afghanistan. Like you said, it's a pretty heavy book...my Freshman English teacher didn't want me to read it.

But I was so effing glad I did. The end really had me going with all its twists. I just have to say I thought Assef was quite the character.

It was horrible what happened to Hassan, but Amir and Sohrab rocked my world.

The book covers a lot of material, and if it is to be made into a movie, I think it should be a two-part type deal. And like someone said, I hope its meaning is captured instead of just being thrown together for money. People shouldn't be able to ruin books like that.

I definitely recommend the book to those who can comprehend it. The Kite Runner made the number one spot on my list of favorite books.

6:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am honestly surprised that you all could actually read the novel, considering the horrendous spelling and atrocious grammar in these postings. And, I'm not sure what is meant by "Amir rocked my world", but if that's a testament to how much you liked Amir, I have to ask, did you read the book? He didn't do the right thing until he had no other options.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with him not makin the right decision until he didnt have an option but then again come to the sotry line.. it is quite well written...i mean i read it myself and found it different from any other book i have read...and from this book i started reading multicultural books... and was i glad i did..and as for the movie.. it will probably be completely different fromt he book as we're talking about hollywood here.. there has to be something different...but as for the book it was AWESOME....

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