Thursday, May 04, 2006
The Kite Runner
As we have been discussing in class, The Kite Runner seems more than an little Victorian in its use of improbable coincidences and its galloping desire to wrap things up. But it also aims, in the words of Wahid (Amir's host on his first nights back in Afghanistan) to "tell the rest of the world what the Taliban are doing to our country" (236). Having now read six novels that locate themselves somewhere at the crossroads of the Victorian Novel and postcolonialism, how does The Kite Runner balance its needs to tell about specific geo-political realities (such as the Taliban) while also telling a good old-fashioned Oliver Twist page turner? Does doing the latter compromise the commitment to the former? Of course, you may also write about whether or not you find the ending of the novel a happy one! Make sure to use details and to post by Sunday and/or comment by Wednesday. The blog will close on Wednesday evening.