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The Kite Runner - Do I really have to read it? By Meghan O’Rourke

Monday July 25th 2005, 3:39 pm

The Kite Runner - Do I really have to read it? By Meghan O’Rourke

Slate reviews the Kite Runner

The tidy “I’m being healed” trajectory that animates Amir’s narrative is derived from a vocabulary of psychotherapeutic spiritual recovery that looks pretty threadbare when the predicament is the much messier one of a nation ravaged by political and religious war. This is hardly a book that whitewashes violence (several young boys are raped, and a woman is stoned to death for adultery), but the silver-screen melodrama of its central story line wishfully cuts against the fact-based horrors depicted within.

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