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1.0 out of 5 stars
disappointing, 17 Dec 2004
When reading the subject matter of the book, i was intrigued. It seemed like a good plot and set within an interesting backdrop. Although the main character Hasan , is quite believable and his thoughts and actions enhance his characterization, i felt that the rest of the characters were bland and lack-lustre. The father and uncle Salman seemed as if they were trying too hard to be something that doesn't exist in this society.Perhaps the author should have created more mainstream characters with reflect reality only then can the reader relate to them and enjoy the book. The nicknames used such as Widow, the bodyguard and refrences made to the Oldest man at first confuse the reader as to exactly who they are. The main plot, i assumed was about the death of the boy flying his kite and how hassan would deal with that and with the events concerning his Salman mamoo, however i felt that these subjects weren't approached with their full potential depth.
This book is ok to someone who perhaps doesn't know pakistani society and takes the characters as they are but for others who like me have strong links with that society find it hard to relate.