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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