Review: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


in a sentence: An emotional roller coaster though one mans betrayal of a remarkable friendship, and his struggle of making it right again.

Hassan and Amir are two childhood friends in 1960s Afghanistan. While it is clear that they share a certain bond, the depth of that bond runs deeper than either realizes. Amir is a bit of a brat, and often finds ways to "test" Hassan's loyalty...only to be flooded with guilt afterwards. If only Amir had been as loyal and loving when the neighborhood bully had his hands on Hassan...

I was initially wary with the length of this novel, but found that I couldn't put it down once I started! The historical elements of Afghanistan, the cultural snippits, and the social inequalities are all handled in a very conversational way. And of course, the story - oh man. Tearjerking loyalty, unspeakable foes, vying for the love of his Baba, secrets, lies...whew! While Amir moves on with his life, it is clear that he is always thinking of Hassan, just below the surface.

This read like a memoir, and felt like I was watching a movie. It was so vividly visual without making it seem so, and the characters and emotions - while raw - are incredibly (and sometimes shamefully) easy to relate to. This had all the elements of a good solid drama, with the intense emotion of a memoir - I loved it.

Favorite Quote: "For you, a thousand times over" - could that BE more tearjerking?

Fix Er Up: how nothing went untainted for Amir (the marriage, only to have no children of his own) ... a little over the top for me, or maybe I was just hoping for something untainted to happen at some point in his life.

Title: The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Genre: Drama, Historical Fiction, Friendship

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1 comment:

  1. so we'll have to discuss this more at length because i had some major problems with this book. the beginning had such promise and then it turned into a telenovela and the ending was just ridiculous. RIDICULOUS i say! the most interesting part was definitely the description of pre-theocracy afghanistan though. does this mean you are going to see the movie?

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