The Kite Runner depicts the story of Amir, a boy living in Afghanistan, and his journey throughout life. He experiences periods of happiness, sorrow, and confusion as he matures. Amir is shocked by atrocities and blessed by beneficial relationships both in his homeland and the United States. Reviewers have chosen sides and waged a war of words against one another over the reasons for the popularity of the book. Many critics of The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, argue that the novel would not have reached a lofty level of success if the . had not had recent dealings with the Middle East, yet other critics accurately relate the novel’s success to its internal aspects.
To calculate the level of success and label a novel as a classic, one must first know the definition of a classic. Is it a book that offers enjoyment? Is it a book that is thought provoking? Is it one that can be applied to any age? The most universal definition is that it stands the test of time, is enjoyed, relates to every generation, and can teach life lessons to people of all ages. The Kite Runner is a recent novel so the test of time is unknown but with its life lessons it can easily be related to every generation and enjoyed by all types of readers. The novel will stand the test of time and will become a classic.
Opponents of the Afghan novel argue that only mediocre reviews should be written for a book of this caliber. They have come to the conclusion that the only reason The Kite Runner has received such rave reviews and positive feedback is because the United States’ confrontations with the Middle East are fresh in the minds of the readers. Ann Hornaday states that “When it was published in 2003, The Kite Runner could not have been better timed, bring...
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...eality in life. However, this also demonstrates a lesson that an abominable act can be atoned. Learning from the mistakes and triumphs of the characters; readers become emotionally attached and stimulated to read until the conclusion.
Critics have already begun a heated debate over the success of the book that has addressed both its strengths and weaknesses. Debate may rage for a few years but it will eventually fizzle out as the success of the novel sustains. Characters, plot, emotional appeal, and easily relatable situations are too strong for this book to crumble. Internal characteristics have provided a strong base to withstand the petty attacks on underdeveloped metaphors and transparent descriptions. Reality of the many life lessons learned, not confrontation with the Middle East, makes this novel a staple for reading in all circles.
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