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The Kite Runner

By |2018-03-21T18:27:59+01:00December 1st, 2004|Recent Reviews|

By Khaled Hosseini

Bloomsbury, 2004. 324 pages.


his elegantly written story of two Afghan brothers growing up under the Taliban rule — partly autobiographical — is Khaled Hosseini’s first and much-acclaimed book (he’s an Afghani doctor who lives in exile in San Francisco). The book revolves around the touching and troubled relationship between Amir, the sensitive son of a nobleman, and his slave Hassan, also Amir’s half-brother — which Amir learns only in adulthood. Although a compelling read that’s rich in insight, the book’s second half disappoints, with easily foreshadowed events. Hosseini manages boyhood and coming of age better than the regrets of adulthood. Certainly a must read for anyone wishing to understand what it was like in Afghanistan before and after the Taliban.

Kristine Crane is Associate Editor of The American and the author of the "L'Americana" column. She lives and writes in North Central Florida. She was formerly a Fulbright scholar and journalist in Rome, where she helped found "The American." She is originally from Iowa City.