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Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Kite Runner

I am only through about 100 pages of this novel, so these are very preliminary thoughts.

I hate when they press that shiny "#1 New York Times Bestseller" sticker on books that are,, simply and profoundly, good. Would I buy it just because it made that list? No, not me. There are probably a lot of literary snobs who would, just because of it. But in its spare, pared-down yet elegant lines and sentences that are so hauntingly evoke some early 20th. century Hungarian novels I've spent years reading back home, in its vivid pictures of 1970s Kabul and Afghan countryside, streets, houses, people, in its simple yet immensely sad and still uplifting tale of betrayal and road to redemption--this is a very, very good book already.
Thanks to The Husband who purchased it and made me start reading it.


At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Chris - Wichita said...

Because, obviously, *anything* that makes the bestseller list *must* be good.. gotta love the lit snobs.

At 8:10 AM, Blogger Annamaria said...

Except this is really good. Unlike the six biographies of Hillary or W you see in every friggin' B&N you set foot in...


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