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Today, after a long time — and heavens know it has been really long! — I spent the whole day reading. The book was The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini.

Set for most part in Afghanistan, it gives us a sneak preview into the forgotten days of this once beautiful and peaceful country before the Russian invasion.

The writing style is absorbing. The liberal use of Afghani words such as Baksheish, tanhaii, mareez, jaan, noor and many others adds a fresh flavour. Khalid’s description of life in peacetime and war-torn Afghanistan is vivid without being dreary. The protagonist Amir’s self-effacing first person account makes the story much more believable and poignant. The character of Amir’s father and Hassan are well-crafted and do not waver with time.

I don’t want to comment on the actual story because it’s more a matter of personal preference, less of subjective evaluation. Many may like the story, some may not. All I can say is that it kept me hooked on for seven hours at a stretch…


Written by Manoj Khatri

3 March 2007 at 11:38 pm

Posted in On Writing, Reviews

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