After reading A Thousand Splendid Suns, I took my mum's copy of The Kite Runner to our recent KL trip and I finished it there amidst all our shopping and touristy schedule. It was that good. I could not put it down although I already knew the storyline from the DVD I watched.
This book is so so so good. The movie is so so so bad. Please don't watch it. Read the book instead. I think the way Khaled Hosseini wrote The Kite Runner is even better than The Thousand Splendid Suns, although many critics say otherwise.
The simple language he used in this book makes it such an easy read, although the book is full of rich emotions. There are times when I had to put down the book for awhile and ponder on the meanings of its words. This book has its own unique and quiet way to reach out to the readers.
The story is based in Afghanistan, and talks mainly about father & son love, friendships, price of disloyalty and horrific realities of war. This book makes me smile and cry at the same time. What I like is that it builds up the characters in depth that you feel that you are part of them - wishing them good all the way. And of course, life is not a bed of roses in Afghanistan - far from it in fact.
I think this is a book for keeps. I am going to buy a brand new copy of this book and keep it in my collection so that I will have a copy that I can call MINE :)