The problem with tragedy porn like The Kite Runner is that, at some point, it all becomes a little too much. We get it. Amir had/has a fucked up life wherein nothing goes right. The reader holds out hope that something good must be just around the corner because, surely, life cannot get any worse for this dude. Welp, if you think that while reading this book, you’d be dead wrong.
I did find the surprises engaging enough to keep reading, though. I never knew what new horror was right around the corner. Even though I knew that something horrible was always just over the horizon, I didn’t know what horrible shit would next befall this man. I was constantly shocked by just how bad life became for him and those around him.
I do feel like some aspects of the story were forced into existence, but those are spoilers, so I’ll save them for the Spoiler Discussion at the end. I explain my three-star rating in the Spoiler Discussion, as well.
Thanks to Quarter-Book Day at my local thrift store, I own all of this authors work. But, before I pick up another Hosseini novel, I need to be assured that not everything he does is tragedy porn. If it is, I’ll likely put off reading his other work until I’m in the mood to be depressed for a week. I don’t mind sad stories, but I need some kind of relief ever hundred pages or so.
In summation: Not much else to say about this debut novel. It was sad and sad and sad and then it was sad. There is one small fleck of light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s like finding a grain of diamond dust in a massive pile of elephant poop. You can dig through it if you want, and it might even be worth your time, but you’re still gonna come out feeling like shit.
Final Judgment: I need a shower and some weed.
The MC getting a split lip just like his dead friend had when he was a kid was a bit silly to me. Coincidences like that in books always seem forced. It took me out of the story. The ass whupping he took was plenty. No need for the forced scar. Up until that point, this felt like a true story, as if it could have been an autobiography, but after that scene, the author lost the real-life feel of the book and the novel felt overly fictional.
When Sohrab tried to kill himself at the end I just kinda rolled my eyes. I wanted the book to be over so badly at that point. I couldn’t take yet another fucking tragedy. I think that’s what drove my rating down to three stars.
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