Rating: 5/5 stars
Suitable for Fans of: The Book Thief, historical fiction
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.
“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime.”
Devastating. Heartbreaking. Unforgettable. These are just a few of the words printed on the cover of my copy of The Kite Runner.
I agree with each and every one of them wholeheartedly.
The Kite Runner is Khaled Hosseini’s début novel, delving into the evolution of the capital city of Afghanistan, Kabul in and around the times of Russian invasion and civil war.
I write this review with a heavy heart – having just finished reading this book in the early hours of this morning – due to the fact that this book is haunting, and so utterly thought provoking that it makes my stomach flutter with anxiety; it’s so devastating to know that a city can experience such a fall at the hands of corruption, and the filthy-minded people that exist in this world.
Hosseini is a master at painting pictures in your mind. At times, I wasn’t grateful for this, but it worked to produce such a vivid and, at times, beautiful story. (The beautiful times were few and far between, let me tell you, which brings me on to my next point.)
This book is not for the faint hearted: like I mentioned before, Hosseini is the Da Vinci of graphic descriptions in the writing world, and at times my stomach lurched at many of his accounts. This book is, however, for the open-minded, or those who wish to be. I went into this book with little knowledge of both Islam and Afghanistan, but left with a whole new aspect on the situation. I won’t describe to you how it made me feel, but instead urge you to read this book and develop the opinion this book will surely provoke. In a nut shell, my heart has been touched by this novel, and I will never forget the journey it took me on.
Going back to Hosseini’s writing, I must tell you how brilliant it is. He does not overcomplicate his story, his characters, or his writing, but – in the simplest terms – makes both accessible. This book feels natural to read, and like nothing is forced, as the writing isn’t too complex. This really added to the story for me, for it felt like I was reading from a real perspective, differing from some books that make me feel like I’m reading from a dictionary.
Overall, I have no criticisms for this book, and feel as though if I continue, I will delve into spoilers, or just bore you to death. If you take anything away from this review, it should simply be to read this book if you haven’t already – I swear, you will not regret it. Thus, you will not be surprised when I tell you I awarded this book a 5/5 stars, and would award more if I could.
Thank you so much for reading – I thoroughly hope you enjoyed this review, and are currently considering reading The Kite Runner. (You should.) I rarely write messages at the end of my reviews, but today I just wanted to acknowledge how this will be my last review of 2015. This year has been great for my blog, and I wanted to tell you all how grateful I am for your support, and to look out for many more reviews in 2016.