You might think The Kite Runner is overpraised, if you haven't read it, but this truly moving story is astonishingly humane. It's an important book, too, because it helps us Westerners understand some of what the battered Afghan people have been through and reminds us that, as in most geopolitical conflicts, it's the ordinary people, caught in the middle with no dog in the fight, who pay the greatest price.
Although I generally love Trollope, this book was disappointing. It starts off with the usual Trollope flair, has lots of colorful characters, some of whom appeared in other works. But after a very long build-up to the central love affair's conclusion, it peters out to an extremely unsatisfying ending.
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