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Anyone read either or both of the above books by Afghan writer and doctor Khaled Hosseini? I've devoured both of these page-turners in the past week, helped by two transatlantic flights and a bout of insomnia last night. I loved The Kite Runner, Hosseini's debut novel. The hypocrisy of the relationships in it felt very real to me - the bookish Amir's struggle to win his charismatic father's approval, and his envy of Hassan (whose goodness and loyalty to his friend almost moved me to tears).
I felt some of the plot's twists and turns slightly stretched credulity - would a blonde half-German sado-masochist homosexual really have risen through the ranks of the Taliban? Maybe he would. But I'm glad the ending isn't quite the happy after ever you think you're heading for earlier in the novel.
I can't decide which book is better, as A Thousand Splendid Suns really captures the love and trust and develops between Mariam and Laila at the hands of their brutish husband Rasheed.
I learned today that a film was made of The Kite Runner in 2007. Is it worth seeing?