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Ticks all the good boxes,
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This review is from: The Kite Runner [DVD] (2007) (DVD)
This movie does feed on stereotypes (like many movies) but I found its plus sides overweight considerably the few clichees that some people have picked on. It is first of all a wonderful epic that kept me heart and soul glued to the screen for its 2 hours duration. The acting is great, but the performances of all the young actors are amazing, I think they are the heart and soul of the movie. They really set the tone of the story. Another good bit is that this movie is an introduction to Afghanistan to many Westerners. It has been for me , at least. My knowledge and interest in Afghanistan had been zilch, apart from what my mind cared to remember from catastrophic news flashes on news channels in the UK. THis movie/and book has sparked at least my curiousity to find out more about what's going on in Afghanistan. SO I have read Jason Elliot's 'An unexpected light - travels in Afghanistan', Rory Steward's 'Theplaces in between', and Eric Newby's ' A short walk in the HIndu Kush'.They are well written and recognised travel books on Afghanistan. I highly reccomend them to anyone who cares to find out a tid bit more about that country. The Kite Runner is a beautiful movie.
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Initial post: 18 Jun 2009 01:00:17 BDT
I loved and was haunted by this book. I recently saw 'the great game' (trycycle theatre, London) as I rrealsied how little I really knew about this fascinating and tortured coutry. I apprecaited this review as it recommended linked titles. I saw Rory Stewart talk at hay festival in 08 and its his charity is doing good work for the country.
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