I read the graphic novel of The Kite Runner about seven years ago when I first started blogging and I absolutely loved it. I immediately bought the novel, but I put off reading it for the longest time (seven years…) because I felt like the story was still too fresh in my mind and I remembered absolutely bawling over the graphic novel.
The Kite Runner is harrowing. There is no other word to describe it. There are so many scenes in this book that absolutely broke me. In hindsight, it probably wasn’t the best book to pick up when I was on holiday. So much for trying to relax…
The main character, Amir, isn’t a very likeable person. He’s incredibly cowardly, both as a child (understandable) and as a young adult. I guess he was supposed to be that way, and this did improve as the book progressed, which was good. I don’t think you’re meant to think Amir is amazing or brilliant or anything.
The Kite Runner made me want to read more books about this time period, especially ones set in the Middle East, since I haven’t read many books set there. I want to read allllll of Hosseini’s books now, and I want to look into reading more about Shia and Sunni Muslims. There’s a lot of reading that I want to do.
In short, read this book. There were tears everywhere. Do it.