Childhood’s terrible toll

Book review: ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini

I APPROACHED this book with prejudice. I had not expected to like it, firstly because almost anything that wins universal high praise – books or otherwise – sets up an expectation that very often has the perverse effect of turning me off the subject. Widespread lavish admiration engenders a suspicion in me, justified or not, that it is being prompted by fashion: in other words, hype makes me cynical and rebellious.

I had not read reviews of this novel beyond headlines, partly for this reason. Continue reading