Khaled Hosseini is an author that I have just discovered which is weird because apparently, it was a New York Times Best Sellers and also a motion picture later on. My best friend recommends me this book and some others for this summer to diversify my reading. I was actually reading the same type of book all the time which is one of the reasons I got bored at some points. So let’s talk about The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini.
This novel is about a young Afghan boy during the war between Russia and Afghanistan. He lives with his dad, Baba, his longtime friend, their servant Hassan. He is named Amir. Rape, Bullying, love, and death are themes related to this book as well as friendship. Hassan is like a brother to him. However, he can’t read or write. He is a good kite runner, he always knows where the kite is going to land, which Amir found really impressive. However, Amir got kind of bored from Hassan because other people would make fun of him because he is a Hazara. Hazara is considered fake Afghans according to his physical features. He has a flat nose. The book is relatively hard sometimes, but a beautiful story that gives you a better knowledge about the Afghan culture. It also shows how Afghans have struggled to get their independence against the Russian troops. Politicals events are portrayed in The Kite Runner which makes it really interesting. There is a summary of the book.
it tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan, his half brother. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime. According to the author, it is a father–son story, emphasizing the familial aspects of the narrative, an element that he continued to use in his later works.Themes of guilt and redemption feature prominently in the novel, with a pivotal scene depicting an act of violence against Hassan that Amir fails to prevent. The latter half of the book centers on Amir’s attempts to atone for this transgression by rescuing Hassan’s son over two decades later. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies. A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.
Even though it is not my kind of book, I believe that I learned a lot from reading it. We don’t have all democracy around the world like Afghanistan did. It is important to realize that those countries need our help. We need to act and fight for World peace. I did enjoy my reading but it is not my favorite book. However, I recommend it for people who love culture type of books and also that love books about war.