The Kite Runner

God knows how long it took, but I finally finished reading "The Kite Runner"... Unlike most people, I thought the book was just alright... Maybe I expected more or maybe I found it too predictable...

I think the second part of the book, when Amir and his baba are moving to the States, was so much of a cliché to the extent that it ruined the first part - in my opinion the best part - which was about his childhood and his connection with Hassan... The story, however, gets stronger in the third part when Amir goes back to his childhood land...

My friend Katy, who found the book quite impressive, thinks that the author, Khaled Hosseini, should not be compared with others like Garcia Márquez or Orhan Pamuk... She thinks that he should get credit for the fact that this is his first writing experience and no matter how long he's lived in the US for, he is still coming from a country with no intellectual background...

My sister, on the other hand, is rather disappointed that I found the book just "alright". She thinks perhaps I'm influenced by prior readers... Despite the fairly easy (non-literary) writing style, she was very moved by the book's theme... Anyway, as she said, this is when individual taste comes in...

You see the other side of the picture when talking to other people... Maybe it's not as cliché as I thought it was... Maybe I should see it from another point of view... That's why the book clubs are for... Maybe I should join one...

I just started another book, this one called "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri... I guess I'm back on the track of the book-reading again... It's like traveling without moving an inch and it feels great....

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