Plot outline: 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, heart-breaking 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.
My review: I have just finished reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and I knew I had to do a review. When I started this book, I was a little apprehensive; Hosseini was an author I had heard a lot about but had never actually read anything he had written. I wish I had read it before I did!
From the beginning of the book I was captured with the details and thrills that Hosseini created. Amir and Hassan had a relationship that seemed to be doomed from the start. There were times in the book, when I was on the edge of my seat, saying out loud, ‘but Amir won’t you do anything for Hassan, like he does for you?’ In particular the scene where Hassan was attacked by Assef. I could feel the emotions of Amir fly off the page as he felt the guilt for not helping Hassan in his time of need, to the point where he did everything he could to make Hassan and Ali leave.
The last half of the book, left me shaking and wanting more. I was so astounded by the way Amir had grown and then gone back to Afghanistan and the daemons he faced along the way. The way the book played out and ended will forever be held in my heart.
I felt proud for Amir for doing everything he could and I believe Hosseini portrayed his character so vividly and cleverly. The way he went to find the child, and even fought his childhood enemy was enriching! Amir taking the child in, after finding out it was his half brothers child, was absolutely brilliant.
Recommendation: I would wholeheartedly suggest this book for anyone to read. It takes you through so many emotions that you just can’t put the book down! I can’t wait to read another of Hosseini’s books!
My rating – 4*
- Genre: Fiction Novel
- Publisher: Penguin Random House
- Approximate number of pages: 400
- ISBN number: 9781594480003
- Amazon link: The Kite Runner – Amazon
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