Khaled Hosseini | The Kite Runner

by - July 13, 2015

The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir's choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

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.

I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. I remember the moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the alley near the frozen creek. That was a long time ago, but it's wrong what they say about the past, I learned, about how you can bury it.

My first read from Khaled Hosseini and it blew my mind, and broke my heart into pieces --- several times over, if that was even possible. How Afghanistan became to be, and the war of beliefs that brought division within one faith is written too graphical that it will take you heart, and crush it. The story line plays along a local's life who had struggles to make it out of Afghanistan only to be a prisoner in his own past. The story of two boys who were brought up like brothers, and their stories of survival will claim your heart. The extreme beliefs of people of the same faith, and thirst of power crippled the innocent's freedom, and tore their self-respect, and self-preservation even at a young age. Khaled Hosseini is immensely imaginative, and realistically grounded. Because the story may have told of the war, but it also tells of the battles people had to make with their own demons. I t is not for the faint-hearted but recommend this book to anyone.

Original Title: The Kite Runner
ISBN 140882485X (ISBN13: 9781408824856)
Pages: 324

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