The perennial bestseller-now available as a sensational new graphic novel.
Since its publication in 2003, nearly 7 million readers have discovered The Kite Runner. Through Khaled Hosseini’s brilliant writing, a previously unknown part of the world was brought to vivid life for readers. Now, in this beautifully illustrated graphic novel adaptation, Hosseini brings his compelling story to a new generation of readers.
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Publication date: September 6th 2011
This is my third attempt at reading this story but my first at reading the graphic novel version. I hoped that I would be able to finally understand this story when I had the visual version to read. I’m sure that it succeeded and it left me feeling unsure about how I do feel towards it. I really wanted to like and understand this story because I’d heard so many people say many positive things about it but I couldn’t see what they were seeing.
The opening pages of this book didn’t make sense and when the rest of the started it jarred with the few opening pages making it confusing. I found I had to re-read these opening pages after I’d finished the book to make sense of their contents. Having said that I’m not sure that that helped or hindered me.
Overall the story didn’t seem to flow as smoothly as perhaps it could have done. It was clear what issues were being covered: cultural differences, societal standing (Hazaras, and non-Hazaras), rape, growing up, marriage, children, immigration, and the effect of the Taliban on the Afghan people. Nonetheless, I felt the book was frustrating because of this lack of smooth flow. An interesting side effect of this frustration was that I found myself wanting to continue reading it. An interesting reaction.
Recommend for: Adults