The Kite Runner published in 2003 is written by the Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseine. The story is about a journey of betrayal and redemption of a young boy named Amir who lived in Kabur during the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy and the rise of Taliban regimes.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini -Book Review
This book is really something else. It’s was actually nothing like I thought it was going to be. Really! There’s so much going on in this book. So many twists and turns. So much heart to every page. It will hold more of your emotions from start to finish – nonstop.
I am not going to focus on how well the book was written and its flaws. I’ll leave that to those book professional reviewers. Like always, I am writing this review from my own perspective.
The Kite Runner easily divides into three main sections: Amir’s childhood in Kabul; Amir and Baba’s years in Fremont, California; and, finally, Amir’s return to Kabul. The story is about the friendship between a wealthy boy named Amir and the son of his father’s servant named Hassan. They have as good as brothers relationship, and also experts in the art of kite flying. The plot covers multiple betrayals and the possibility of redemption.
My favorite character is Hassan. I was moved by his pureness, love and loyalty. He doesn’t have all the richness in the world but he’s happy and contented. What happened to him during the first part of the book was something I though he doesn’t deserve. It’s very frustrating to say the least. But instead of holding grudges, dwelling in pain, plot revenge and being mad – he showed love and loyalty. I cannot fathom if that kind of person truly exits.
Your past doesn’t define who you are.
Amir grow up without a mother who died while giving birth to him. He is in constant search of his father’s love and approval. On the process, he committed the biggest mistake he made during his childhood. It hunts him growing up.
It’s so easy to judge his character as a self-centered person. I hated him for being so cruel at a young age. But I was able to somehow understand why he did what he thought was right. Of course it wasn’t right but what can you expect to a child who was blinded by pain.
His character shows a process of redemption from that mistake. That it’s never too late to make things right.
There are a number of disturbing events including rape, brutal beatings, violence and public execution. With that, I am unsure if this should be read by the younger audience.
The book opens me to a different side of Middle East Culture. Through this book, my impression of them I got from the media was changed.
When Amir went back to Afghanistan and makes a very different set of sacrifices in order to set things straight moved me. There are consequences to face. The end part shows hope for the future and the characters as well.
I cried so much from this book. I’m not gonna lie this book is agonizing, frustrating, and heartbreaking. But you can learn so much from this – maybe reflect too. It is also moving at the same time and heartwarming.
If you haven’t read this, you’re missing out.
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