I've read Kite Runner, and while I thought it was worthwhile reading, I did not understand all the hype surrounding it. Frankly I learned as much about Afghanistan from reading Charlie Wilson's War as I did by reading Kite Runner. Nor did I agree with statements indicating that this book is "great literature". It's my opinion that this book is supposed to give people an idea of Afghani culture, and the author believes the best way to do that is to tell his story through children growing up and learning their station in life. Hosseini accomplishes that, but it's my view that he has not written great literature.
A comment was posted in the Kite Runner discussion comments from someone who expressed the same sentiments I had. She too did not see this book as worthy of all the extravagant praise surrounding it, and she said as much. Her comments were fair, to the point, and certainly not offensive. Essentially she said she didn't like the book for the same reasons I found it lacking, but she added that the descriptions of Afghani culture were interesting.
I responded to her comment, and so did someone else. Here's what he had to say about her comment:
"Well... you obviously dont understand great literature. who cares if you saw the "unspeakable event" a mile away. it was very emotion and great. you ma'am is an unedcumacated bitch fucker."I have a friend named Cliff who once remarked when faced with unexplainable behavior during a tennis tournament, "Sometimes you just gotta shake your head and wonder." Cliff, if you're reading this, I'm definitely shaking my head, but I'm not wondering. We really need to be careful out there because if we're not, those blasted inmates WILL end up running the asylum.