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Nope. None of that. Pre-Russian invasion, the Afghanistan of The Kite Runner is an idyll of pomegranate groves and kite flying competitions. True, the Hazara – the ethnic group from which Amir’s friend Hassan comes – suffer some persecution, but they have rich employers like Amir’s father to keep them safe, so that’s all right. Post-Russian invasion, the country becomes a Middle Eastern hell of public stonings and male brothels. The issue of just how the fundamentalists came to power is neatly skirted by making the entire Taliban regime the work of Amir’s childhood nemesis Assef, a crazed sadist who is only one Sieg Heil away from being a Nazi (and is also gay, the pervert).
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Because The Kite Runner is about Afghanistan the same way Kim Kardashian is about natural beauty. No mention here of how Afghanistan was created as a buffer zone by the British against Russia, how the boundaries were drawn in such a way as to weaken certain ethnic groups and therefore virtually guarantee tension for the rest of time. How when the Russians did eventually invade, the Taliban were supported (if not actually created) by the US as a tool against the occupiers - fundamentalist teachings being part of the recruitment campaign.
Critical Analysis « The Kite Runner
All good points, gentlemen, but if I may, I think Cath can take it. Besides, she wasn't exactly being nonagressive when she titled her column "Your Favorite Book Sucks." Perhaps The Kite Runner really is Juny's favorite book, and that is why she took it so personally. I don't know. But it seems to me that the implicit reasoning behind her comment is that Cath should've chosen a more up-to-date topic. [This argument is not totally unfounded. The article probably would've had more impact seven or eight years ago, but Cath being Cath, she probably did write something along these lines then, assuming she read The Kite Runner when it was fashionable.] Dwayne counters this reasoning very well. I would just like to add that we should take into account the implicit purpose of the article: to point out flaws in "favorite" books, i.e. ones that received substantial critical and popular attention. One of the key aspects of selecting books, then, is time. After all, the longer a book goes unchallenged, the more significant the challenge, and I submit that few people's favorite books will be all that new. In that way, Cath's timing seems appropriate.