The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
October 7, 2010 § 12 Comments
… there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. Do you understand that?
The Kite Runner is one of those books that I’ve heard about from all sorts of people and all sorts of sources, and have been meaning to read for a long long time, but just somehow managed to dodge it for equally as long. I had imagined that I would love reading this book, as I’m very interested in the middle East, and stories set there, whether fictional or otherwise. But still, I had my reservations, as my own experiences have taught me that sometimes, very popular books just don’t click with me.
So in a sense, I was tiptoeing around the book, unsure of whether I wanted to immerse myself in it, unsure also of whether I liked the language. Somewhere around page 80, I was pleasantly surprised that I was already that far into the book. In other words, the story itself was enough to draw me in despite my earlier suspicions.
I’m not sure I can say that I was impressed with the prose, but it was simple enough, and flowed really smoothly for me. The immediate plus point is the story. Maybe a little sensational at parts, but then again, this is a story set partially in Afghanistan, so sensationalism feels like it fits in quite well.
I had initially finished the book and thought, well, that was a nice story. There weren’t many major heartbreaks, nor were there any specific scenes that came into my head as I put the book to rest and looked for another to start. But as it is today, about 4 days after I’ve last touched The Kite Runner, it suddenly feels like I’ve only just read it yesterday.
So many scenes pop up in my head now, some more often than others. It’s almost like the story is coming back to haunt me. And for a while, I felt like Amir himself, the main character of the book, where he was constantly haunted by a memory. It’s almost as if the spirit of the story has come alive.
Is it a book, a story, that will stay with me? Yes, I think it is. Maybe not the book in its entirety, but definitely some of its more memorable scenes.