Opponents of the Afghan novel argue that only mediocre reviews should be written for a book of this caliber. They have come to the conclusion that the only reason Kite Runner has received such rave reviews and positive feedback is because the United States’ confrontations with the Middle East are fresh in the minds of the readers. Ann Hornaday states that “When it was published in 2003, Kite Runner could not have been better timed, bringing the life and culture of Afghanistan to an America largely wary of the country with which it had gone to war just two years before.” With the war impacting so many Americans there was a frenzy to know about the enemy country. The people felt the desire to know more about the country and they thought that they could gain this information from reading the book. It is argued that if the book had been released before the war with Afghanistan then it would have been reviewed as a subpar novel.
Critics have played devil’s advocate with the main metaphor, kite fighting, claiming that it is underdeveloped. David Kipen argues that Hosseini “never fully explo...
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...related to every generation with its life lessons. The novel can also be understood and therefore enjoyed by people of any age. The novel will stand the test of time and will become a classic.
Critics have already begun a heated debate over the success of the book that has addressed both its strengths and weaknesses. The debate may rage for a few years but it will eventually fizzle out as the success of the novel sustains. The characters, plot, emotional appeal, and easily relatable situations are too strong for this book to crumble. The internal characteristics have provided a strong base to withstand the petty attacks on underdeveloped metaphors and transparent descriptions. The novel does not need confrontations with the Middle East to remain a staple in modern reading, it can hold its own based on its life lessons that anyone can use.
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