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!