I read the book. Here was my review then:
Kahled Hosseini – The Kite Runner. 2003. Books set in Afghanistan are hot in 2006. This critically acclaimed example is a great eye-opener for those who do not know that part of the world, like myself. It is intense. Painful to read. It reminded me of A Separate Peace, by Knowles. By the last page, however, I was disappointed. Far too cliché and predictable. It is lame in the way formulaic TV movies are lame.
Still, I am very keen to see this important movie.
Author Khaled Hosseini has come out in support of a decision to delay the film version of his novel The Kite Runner over fears for the stars’ safety.
Studio Paramount Vantage has put the film back by six weeks, after three young Afghan actors said they could be targeted over a homosexual rape scene.
The studio has also arranged for three families to go and live abroad.
Hosseini said he “applauded” the decision. “Afghanistan has become a pretty violent place,” he added.
The overall message of the film is tolerance, love, friendship and forgiveness …
“If the boys and their families think there is a reasonable risk of threat to them, then you have to take all of the steps that you can to make sure they are okay,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper.
“I applaud the studio for delaying the release of the film even though it goes against whatever commercial wisdom there is.”
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