Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Book Review: The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner
Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashums.  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.

3/5 (liked it)
This book is not what I expected, I really liked it.  Amir's story is so interesting and changes so much.  He grows up in a privileged world and then his world is shattered and he is left to work so hard to get what he wants.  And through it all his relationship with his father grows dramatically even after his father is gone.  In the back of his mind he never forgets his friendship with Hassan and a big event that occurs in his childhood.  By the end of the book I was glad that Amir made the decisions that he did to redeem himself.

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