“For you, a thousand times over”
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a devastatingly beautiful tale of two boys, Amir and Hassan. Amir recalls a memory from the year 1975 and shares with us why he has lived with the guilt ever since. Amir receives a call that makes him travel to his homeland, Afghanistan, in search of Redemption.
It was the year 1975, and Amir was a small boy from the Wazir Akbar district of Kabul. Amir was friends with Hassan, the son of his father’s servant. They were as close as brothers. Hassan was always bullied by the others as he belonged to a minority class.
There was a local kite-fighting tournament and, Amir was determined to win with the help of Hassan. The victory in the tournament brought an unpleasant consequence. The aftermath of the competition butchered their deep-rooted friendship. Their life altered ever since that disturbing incident and they tried to deal with the repercussions of a single evening.
The Russian invasion and Taliban Rule changed Afghanistan altogether and forty years later, Amir discovers the tragic way in which his life is connected with Hassan’s.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini was too hard to read, and it made me very sad. It took a really long time for me to put into words what I had in my mind after reading this book.
“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime…” – The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
My thoughts about The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini –
This is Amir’s journey of correcting his wrongdoings. This book is a rollercoaster of emotions. I loved Hassan’s character. He was too good for the world. I loved how he stood up for Amir at all times. Amir was a good person but made some bad decisions. Amir really wanted to be loved and accepted by his father. I felt angry when Amir chose to remain silent.
I felt sad while reading about the societal racism and vicious acts done in the name of Honor. The injustice done to Hassan made me feel disgusted. It was sad to read about the dramatical transformation of Afghanistan from a peaceful country filled with love to a place filled with hatred and cruelty. We can learn quite a few amazing things about the Afghan culture.
Amir’s father, Baba, plays a crucial role in this story. He is a man of valour and a great role model with a few dark secrets. Rahim Khan is Baba’s best friend. He always encouraged Amir to follow his passion and helped Amir in doing the right thing. Soraya, Amirs’s wife is a lovable character and she supported Amir in all ways possible.
Hassan and Amir’s friendship is so beautiful and heart-wrenching.
“When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.”- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini.
The Kite Runner is Khaled Hosseini’s debut novel. Some many twists and turns made the book very engaging. I don’t have even one criticism against The Kite Runner. The cover looks beautiful. The title ‘The Kite Runner’ has a deep significance in this story.
This book is certain to make you ponder about Friendship, Love, Betrayal and Redemption. Khaled Hosseini has crafted an unforgettable Historical fiction, and I highly recommend The Kite Runner. This is a novel worth reading. The author has written every word from his heart. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini was later adapted into a film in the year 2007.
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About the author
Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and moved to the United States in 1980. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed. Hosseini is also a U.S. Goodwill Envoy to the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.
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