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Book to Movie : The Kite Runner

There is a way to be good again…

And the novel starts – but as most of you know me – this post might come as a surprise to you.

Yes i am more of a movie person – but once in a while i read and hence the post.

As i started reading the book, i also found out that i had the movie by the same name.The very moment i decided to read the novel and then watch the movie and check how the adaptation turned out.

The Kite Runner is written by Khaled Hosseini and it tells the story of Amir and his servant and friend Hassan. The story is set in Afghanistan – starts from Kabul and then moves to US,Pakistan and circles back to Kabul and US.

Cover Picture of the novel
Cover Picture of the novel

The story is as much about Amir and Hassan’s friendship,betrayal and family secrets,as it is about the Afghanistan’s disastrous events – Soviet invasion, and then refugees going to Pakistan and US for better life, also describing the take over by Taliban.

Without giving too much details in here – reading this novel is smooth sailing till 100 odd pages and rest assured you will like the characters as well.As the story moves it slows down and drags a bit – but once you get past 180 pages it get its grip back again.

There are repetitions as well – but mostly the descriptions and writing is good – but you cannot help realize that this is something which can be made into a movie.

As far as the novel goes i read it – at a slow pace and i would like to say i do not regret reading it.

Novel has some really amazing,well written lines -listed below are some of the bests line i liked  from the novel :

“For you, a thousand times over” (you will remember this line)

“There is only one sin. and that is theft… when you tell a lie, you steal someones right to the truth.”

“it always hurts more to have and lose than to not have in the first place.”

“There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.”

“Time can be a greedy thing-sometimes it steals the details for itself.”

“After everything he’d built, planned, fought for, fretted over, dreamed of, this was the summation of his life; one disappointing son and two suitcases.”

There are many more – for this post the above lines would do.

About the movie by the same name : the movie length seems perfect and the director has carefully chosen the scenes from novel to be included in movie.The acting is good and so is the direction.

This is not the usual movie review like the others i did on this blog – this review has more to do with how the novel was adapted.
Book expands more into the relationship between Amir,Hassan,Amir’s Baba and other characters and yes the movie is not as detailed as the book – but i would not blame it as i think if they did – length of the movie would have suffered.

Recommendation : You can go through it once – read the book or watch the movie as it is not a fun story, but if you choose to do both – read the book first.

Book Rating :4 stars (Recommended for anyone who can handle Drama)

Movie Rating : 4 stars(if you did not read the novel) –  3.5 stars (if you read the novel)


6 thoughts on “Book to Movie : The Kite Runner

  1. still remember how i read the book for the first time on a cold Dec 2008 night: evening stretched to midnight and early morning. Wish i had read textbooks in my academics like that.

    1. Ravi Bhai,
      I also read the whole novel at night – reading 20-30 sometimes 50 pages.
      Overall liked it – any recommendations after this ? feel free to suggest.
      Thanks for the comment

    1. Thanks for the comment Gwen.
      The descriptions os Afganistan and the condition,the friendship,guilt, was well explained and presented.But in the end reading the last pages i was happy 🙂
      But yes now i need to read somethng light and entertaining.

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