Saturday, April 4, 2009
Review: The Kite Runner
Title: The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
This book was such an easy read, because I was always interested in the story line. There was always something that kept my attention and interest. Amir is the main character of the story and we follow him as he grows up in Afghanistan with his servant's son Hassan as his "best friend". They spend all of their days together, but in a way Amir is quietly ashamed to be friends with a Hazara/Servant. Then one day something happens that changes their relationship, and because of Amir's disloyalty to Hassan, he is too ashamed and haunted by what has happened. Amir tries everything he can to get rid of them but his father is too attached to Hassan and his father to let them go. Eventually, Amir and his father need to flee to America because of the government unrest. The story spans about 25 years total of Amir's life.
This book is a great story of life lessons. There is a couple of great quotes and I am a sucker for quotes!
"...lifting him from the certainty of turmoil and dropping him in a turmoil of uncertainty."
"I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night."
I loved this book for a couple of reasons. First, I thought I could predict how the storyline would flow and was thrown off every single time. Also, I know nothing of Afghanistan and the cultures there. This book inspires me to want to learn all I can about this country, the history, the culture, the people, the government, everything. Another thing I really loved about this book is you get to see how this character has developed over the span of his life. You see how he grows, matures, realizes what is important, and who really matters in the end. Such a great read.