Literary Criticism on The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini can be seen as a great book but at the same time one that is too simple and easy. In discussions of The Kite Runner, one controversial issue has been the inner levels of the novel. On one hand, many people believe that the novel is filled with numerous themes that are deep and make one think about the human experience and will leave you thinking long after you finish reading it. On the other hand, there are also many literary critics who contend that opinion and say that the novel is overly sentimental and simplistic. The view I obtained while reading The Kite Runner would be in agreement with the first statement. I also believe that the novel is ...

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of privilege, he really doesn’t know or understand that much about Afghanistan’s sad history, and since he is our only window, we are left not knowing much about Afghanistan, either” (Beth, http://www.outsideofadog.com/?p=311). I found this true at some level but at the same time harsh. Yes, Amir is a character who is made with flaws and the reader sees that but throughout the novel Amir grows out of them, he stops being a coward and goes to Afghanistan, he loses his spoiled life when he comes to America and is maybe humbled by it, and more importantly he saves and adopts Sohrab and gives him back his childhood. The critic also mentions that the book failed to elaborate upon the history of Afghanistan and the reader learns nothing about it. I also think that is too much, yes, there isn’t much history or culture being shown in the novel, but it is not meant to be a history book but a fictional novel. And even so, if the reader didn’t know anything before reading The Kite Runner they ...

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and Hazaras. If you want to know more you would be able to research it on your own. Hosseini may have realized that some readers are reading his book for the experience of it and to get away, not to learn about culture and traditions.
If critics say that the story is too simplistic and easy, then that could be easily arguable through the text. Hosseini touches on themes that people go through everyday and some that are rare but still make you think about them just as much. One example would be Hosseini writing “I wanted to tell them that, in Kabul, we snapped a tree branch and used it as a credit card. Hassan and I would take the wooden stick to the bread maker. He'd carve notches on ...

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