The Kite Runner

Kite TunnerI just finished reading Khaled’s Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and what a delight it was. It is a beautifully-written tale about growing up in Afghanistan in the 1970’s. Narrated by Amir, born to a privileged family in the heyday of the country, Kite Runner is the story of finding friendship, redemption and love in a nation shattered by the years and by a spate of wars.

At first I had my doubts about this book, as I thought it would be another one of those "politically-correct" novels in which the author talks to no end about living under oppression and how the world should sympathize with his misery. I feared it would be one of those books that embellish oppression and customize it to appeal to a mass mainstream audience. I was mistaken.

The book didn’t talk endlessly about the horrors of the Taliban, although it was mentioned briefly. Instead it dissected the inner self and the battle to overcome a deep-rooted sense of guilt. If you are looking for a good book to put your hands on, the Kite Runner is a fine choice.

Next on my reading list — although I’m struggling to find time to do so ā€“- is the Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring). Finally! I gave my word to Roba that I would commit myself to this masterpiece after years of procrastination.

The Sunday Times once said: "The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings and those who are going to read them." I have belonged to the second category for years now. It is about time to change this status!

Categorized as Books

By Natasha Tynes

Iā€™m a Jordanian-American journalist, writer, and media development professional based in Washington, DC.


  1. Way to go Roba, I like you already! LotR is my absolute life-favorite in book and film. I just finished Silmarillion that gives unending detail about the origins af all the culture and character.
    Tell us how you like it, Natasha!

  2. As a westerner, there are many things in Khaled Hosseini’s kite runner that opened my eyes. I was not aware of the ethnic diversity and social structure of present day Afghanistan. For example, Ali and Hassan were Hazaras and so their destiny was prescribed. I also found Hosseini’s insights into the Afghan community in Freemont, California very interesting.
    Ironically, I read the Kite Runner for a book club at the Anglican Church I attend. The discussion will take place on January 25th and I will blog my notes.

  3. Dear Anette,
    First of all welcome to Mental Mayhem. I’m from the Middle East and the book was an eye opener for me as well. I did not know what a Hazara was before reading this novel. Looking forward to reading your blogging notes.

  4. Hi Natasha! Thank you for stopping by my blog. I read you review: I concur 100%. I will post my review within the next few days…
    I tried to leave a message for you on your site but, type pad was under maintanance. i will visit you there again soon, (i am hoping that you will stop by and read this, so you know that i did read and enjoy your review of this amazing novel!)
    You are going to love reading, The J.R.R. Tolken Trilogy. *smiles* I am one of the people in the masses who has read it šŸ˜‰ I am relly looking forward to your review on that novel =)
    Take care. Please do stay in touch…

  5. Hey Meloncholygirl,
    Welcome to Mental Mayhem. Yeah type pad was down yesterday for maintenance, but now all is good. I started reading lord of the rings last night and so far so good;-) I will post a review as soon as I’m done with it which might take forever as I’m a very slow reader;-)

  6. Your review was a million times more articulate than anything I could have ever written about this book! I also was a bit worried that it would be all about the Taliban. Instead, I thought it provided a window into an Afghanistan very few of us could have imagined.

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