Tuesday, May 24, 2005

BOOK REVIEW - The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York, NY : Riverhead Books/Berkley Publishing Group, c2004.
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Reading Guide

This award-winning novel keeps the reader wanting more until the very end.... actually past the very end. The Kite Runner takes place in Afghanistan, before the Russians invaded through the end of the Taliban regime. The protagonist, Amir, is a selfish privileged individual who, by the end of the novel, still hasn't learned that he's not the center of the universe.

Even so, one can't help identifying with one or more of the characters, or at least the pain and suffering they live through -- losing family, losing friends, and dealing with bullies are all part of life. Hosseini, however, makes these everyday occurences seem extraordinary.

The plot is action-packed and full of emotion, and the characters are despicable, loving, honorable, and needy -- everything one could ask for in a novel, and more! Reading this novel is also a great way to learn more about the Afghan culture -- its food, language, politics, and never-ending turbulance. By the end, the reader is full of hope for the future -- in Afghanistan and in the United States.

I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in a growing up story chock full of lessons to learn, but also full of action. This is a fast-paced novel that has already turned millions of people into hardcore Hosseini fans. Look for this book in the fall (2005) as the Delray Beach Young Adult Discussion Group dealves headlong into an enlightening and educational discussion.

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