Not Your Normal Ending

So The Kite Runner doesn’t end all happy. There’s more to be done to bring a full conclusion in the “normal” way. But as Afghanistan is still struggling to rise from the ashes, as America struggles to come to grips with terrorism and a hateful Islamic fundamentalism, it seems appropriate, even if not normal.

It’s a recognition of the pain still ahead, the struggle and daily uncertainty. At the same time, it’s the way you show hope. A “proper” end doesn’t make one come to grips with fear and hope at the same time. So with hope impelling the narrator, he ends with, “I ran.” Running towards something, not away. Nice touch.

Good book. Not easy reading. But compelling and enjoyable.

Just check it out at your local library!


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I'm interested in theology, languages, translation and various sorts of fermentation.
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4 Responses to Not Your Normal Ending

  1. Aly says:

    I listened to this book on tape while I traveled to TX and back this summer. I usually don’t do books on tape but this one was very engaging. I liked it as much as you did so I read his follow up book “A Thousand Splendid Suns”. I wasn’t as connected with the characters in the follow up book but it is even more disturbing to see the Afghan world from a female’s eyes.

  2. George says:

    Yeah, the lady at the library was telling me about the follow up book, and I was considering reading it. For now, I’m going to take a break from fiction and focus back on chinese/korean/italian in the evenings. Though I just got Living Language’s Ultimate Arabic Basic-Intermediate for my upcoming birthday… maybe I’ll have to start on it.

  3. Missy Joe says:

    It sounds like an awesome book. I’ll have to give it a go between semesters. Thanks for the review!
    Blessings & Harmony,
    Missy Jo

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