I loved all of the history and culture of Afghanistan that the book provided. I've heard of many of the towns and cities on the news, but never had realistic pictures in my head of what they looked like and how the people there lived.
Of course, the ending was fantastic and I felt as if Amir's struggle to right his past wrongs was heartbreaking in that he (and I) would never be satisfied. I was surprised that I was wrong and felt overwhelmingly at peace when I finished the book despite the feeling of sadness and anger that the rest of the book invoked.
I did not move right on to A Thousand Splendid Suns as I felt a need to read a lighter, "fluff" book after this in order to relax a little.