Genre: Contemporary, Fiction
Rating: 4/5 stars
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
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.
I finally picked this up. 4 years after I had my heart destroyed by Khaled’s other book ‘a thousand splendid suns’.
Maybe I was just preparing myself for the same emotional destruction but even as I read this book, I kept comparing the two.. And by the time half the book was over, I was sure that it wouldn’t compare. I loved Hosseini’s writing in this just as much as I loved it in Thousand splendid suns. The only difference is that, that book was a whirlwind of emotions with a strong plot with twists and turns so sudden to make you lose hope.
This book was like afternoon breeze that just gently enters your heart and in the end you are left with broken pieces of your heart.
The thing about Kite runner is that the writing is so simple and the characters so real that even if the story doesn’t hold many surprises for you, you end up loving the book anyway.
I liked the portrayal if Afghanistan that Hosseini has done in his writing. It is all too raw and real.. And then there are the characters. Both Amir and Hassan hold a special place in my heart and so does Sohrab.
There were so many unsaid things and loose endings but still, I felt completely satisfied when the book ended.
That’s the magic Hosseini creates.
“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”
“It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn’t make everything all right. It didn’t make ANYTHING all right. Only a smile. A tiny thing. A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird’s flight. But I’ll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting. –