Who's Read "The Kite Runner"?
Posted 29 March 2005 - 09:21 PM
I really liked it. I loved being introduced to a new culture, especially through the eyes of a child. But mostly, I liked the development of the central character, and how we get to see how the events of his childhood create the man. There are so many fascinating relationships in this book.
The ending is perhaps a bit melodramatic -- and yet, perhaps inevitable.
Posted 30 March 2005 - 07:15 AM
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Posted 20 July 2005 - 04:55 PM
When I first read the back of it, I thought, oh, I don't want to read anything about Afghanistan anymore (just reading news accounts). But, I found it intruiging. The book was an emotional heavy for me, but a good read.
Posted 20 July 2005 - 09:46 PM
An interesting but tidbit: I read that the sense of smell is the only sense that bypasses the thalamus (essentially a message relay system in the brain) but instead goes straight to the region that stores it as memory. It's that important to our species' survival, I guess. It explains why I can still, 45 years later, remember vividly the smell of my first box of crayons in kindergarten!
What's so fascinating to me is how The Kite Runner was able to summon up scents that, in some cases, I never actually smelled but only imagined based on what little I've experienced of Eastern spices. Besides the actual theme of cowardice, redemption, and flawed humans, the vivid descriptions of sights, sounds, and senses the author provided held my attention right to the end.
Did anyone else have that experience?
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