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2.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfying, 21 Jan 2008
This review is from: The Kite Runner (Paperback)
Having been so widely and highly acclaimed both by the public and the critics, it came as a great disappointment that "The kite runner" was such an uninteresting read for me. Although the issues dealt with, guilt and redemption, are quite juicy, the plot seems banal and predictable. It would be too much to ask finding in the novel the depth of a Dostoyevsky, but I was not expecting the characters and the tensions to be so utterly shallow. Novels are about plot and writing, the use of language to tell a story. And the language in "The kite runner" is full of commonplaces and the narrative devices are uninteresting to the extent of becoming dull. Probably because the whole set of situations and characters do not seem to be the product of a literary imagination. Instead they follow too closely the conventions of mainstream cinema. I guess the people who adapted the novel to the screen didn't have too much of a hard time. And readers of the novel won't have a hard time either, I didn't. But I certainly didn't feel in any way gratified for having read it either.
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