Sunday, January 4, 2009
The Kite Runner
My brother recommended this book to me. I am not an avid reader like him. Whatever books I have read are the ones recommended by others. In that vein, I am glad I have read Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner.
The Kite Runner is about the story of Amir, a wealthy Pashtun boy from Kabul, who is haunted by the guilt of betraying his childhood friend Hassan, a Hazara boy, his father's servant's son. The story is set in the period of some historic and painful events in Afghanistan - fall of Monarchy thorough the Soviet invasion, mass displacement of Afghan refugees to Pakistan and Iran, and the emergence of the Taliban regime.
The Kite Runner is a passionate and devastating story of betrayal and redemption. It provides a reference and a glimpse into the side of humanity only a few people possess or experience but is rarely seen or read. Hosseini presents this in such an simplistic and provocatively-intensive manner, it is stunning and heartbreaking.
My perception of Afghanistan has changed after reading this book. Hosseini has beautifully described his home country in a way that the world knows about life in Afghanistan now and before.
When I finished reading this book yesterday, I was feeling down and weeping within. I can't wait to read the Hosseini's next novel 'A Thousand Splendid Suns'.
Khaled Hosseini, 'For you, a thousand times over'...