What is The Kite Runner's relevance to modern Western readers?
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With the American military presence still visible in Afghanistan, I think The Kite Runner is still nearly as relevant today as it was when it was first published more than a decade ago. It is a beautiful story of how a family is uprooted by political change and war, and how Baba and Amir make a new life in America--something not at all unfamiliar to thousands of immigrants who arrive in the United States each year under similar circumstances. Amir, Baba and Soraya all succeed in their new country, adjusting to a culture not always accepting of people of their heritage; yet they exhibit a love for their new country not found in many native Americans. It is still one of the few novels written in English to explore life in Afghanistan in such detail, and it should serve as an inspiration to readers who want to learn more about Middle Eastern culture. Few novels provide such an intimate view of the problems faced by civilians living in war-torn countries, and hopefully the novel presents a sympathetic view of the peaceful people living in the Middle East--an area not always looked upon with love by many Americans today.
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