Hosseini writes a compelling, moving story of which loyalty is the strongest thread. Appropriately, there are as many twists and turns in this narrative as the line on a kite, but at times this felt contrived.
The central scene of conflict in the book also felt far-fetched to me. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but the Taliban conflict seemed unrealistic. While novels can play the fantasy card well and writers should not necessarily be limited to what seems plausible, these bouts of unreality are major weaknesses in a novel where almost everything else and particularly the early scenes in Afghanistan are so vivid that I felt like I was reading an autobiography. The clash is unfortunate.
So, while this is a good quick read which is at times very moving, this first novel suffers at times from a lack of realism which weakens it. It has the potential to be a very powerful film when it is released later this year. In fact, I’d go so far as to say this would make a better film than novel.
I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.
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2007 – Mar