Let me just start by saying that I loved this book. It’s been around for a while, and I’m not sure how I’ve managed to not read it until now. So if you haven’t read it? I urge you to do so.
The Kite Runner is told from the perspective of Amir. As a boy, he lives a life of privilege in Afghanistan in the 1970s, and we are witness to his very special friendship with Hassan, the servant’s son. The dynamic between the boys is interesting: Although Amir is the one with the money and the status, he often finds himself jealous of Hassan, and as a result, often treats him poorly. Still, Hassan is fiercely loyal to Amir. “For you, a thousand times over,” he says.
On one particular dramatic day, Amir is forced to choose between doing the wrong thing and doing the right thing. By the time he makes a decision, it is essentially too late, and Amir (and Hassan) must live with the consequences of his cowardly inaction for many years to come.
Life soon changes for all of the characters due to personal and political conflict. We follow Amir through the subsequent years of his life. After he and his father are forced to flee to the United States, Amir and his father must transition from the privileged lifestyle they lived in Afghanistan to one of “just getting by” in America. Even though he is worlds away from Afghanistan, the memories of his childhood and that one horrific night are never far from his mind.
The ensuing story is a lesson in family, loyalty, culture, and forgiveness. Throughout the journey of his life, Amir’s greatest challenge is not in forgiving others–but in learning to forgive himself.
I don’t want to say much else for fear of giving away the plot’s twists and turns. In the end, this is just a beautifully written, tragic, yet strangely hopeful story. I have Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns on my list of books to read soon, and I’ve heard it is just as great, if not even better than The Kite Runner. Needless to say, I look forward to reading it.
Have you read The Kite Runner? Want to discuss? Feel free to do so in the comments.
AboutI'm Heather. I just turned 30. I'm happily married, and mommy to the most beautiful little girl in the world (what, you're saying I could be biased?). Determined DIYer and homeowner. Sarcastic. A perfectionist. A bleeding-heart liberal. Frugal. Loves a little dog way more than many humans. Loves food, hates exercise (it's an ongoing battle). A loyal football fan. I love to laugh. Value family and friends above all else. Vie to be a world traveler.
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