Book Review: The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini
Title: The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
No of pages: 372
Link for purchase: The Kite Runner
Synopsis: 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.
Pros: The story is based in Afghanistan of the late eighties when the country is in the middle of a severe political turmoil. All the characters in the story are intense and their personalities are portrayed brilliantly. The reader is able to readily identify with them. The author is an excellent storyteller and takes us through a roller-coaster ride of emotions. The narration brings a lump to the throat in every page of the book. The undying loyalty of the young Hazara boy Hassan towards his master and his son Amir touches your heart.
The innocence of a child’s unwavering devotion and his inability to even think of being disloyal to his master is really touching. The powerful personality of Amir’s Baba (father) adds a lot of colour to the story. The story moves from Afghanistan to the USA and back again to Afghanistan as Amir searches desperately for redemption for his wrong doings and relief from the guilt that berates his heart every day. The book touched an emotional chord in me. True to form the author ends the story in an emotionally moving note.
Cons: The book is rather heavy on the reader. It is a real tearjerker. What I mean is if you are not the kind of person who likes to have your emotions played with, then this book is not for you. The author is clearly writing the book for people who like to get deeply involved emotionally. In some parts of the book the gore and violence included is a bit too harsh.
Conclusion: I would definitely recommend this book for all those people who have an emotional temperament and like heavy reads.
Rating: I am going with a rating of 4/5 for ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini.
1 – Poor
2 – Fair
3 – Good
4 – Excellent
5 – Outstanding
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