I think what this really opened my eyes to was not just the situation in Afghanistan, but what a writer can do to impact the world. Because, really, why should every story be set in the Western World, Space or the Future when there are things happening right now in corners of the world that half the people I know wouldn't be able to find on a map? It's not only our right to know - we need to know. Even if all we can do is shoot up a prayer, these people and these issues should not go unnoticed and forgottenIn this sense, the Kite Runner is more than riveting, heart-breaking entertainment; it's an example of what literature can be, and what it can do. It's a story, but it's more than a story. I plan on reading more books like this one.