BOOK REVIEW: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

January 3, 2014

in Books

the kite runner

The Kite Runner isn’t quite the book I was expecting. I was expecting a book that had a lot of politics, a lot of Taliban, and a lot of mistreatment of women. I have had this book for a long time and didn’t pick it up for these reasons.

However, what I found was an entirely different story.

This book is the story of Amir, a boy from Afghanistan who moves to California as a teenager. Politically the story begins at the end of the monarchy and moves to present day. And the politics is there. But the story is not about the politics.

The Kite Runner starts as a coming of age story set in Kabul. Then it becomes an imigrant story. Then it becomes a redemption story.

The Kite Runner is worth a read because it is rich in detail and language. The story is compelling and heartbreaking. The story is real. There are no unnatural silver linings. There is no hiding what Afghanistan has become. There is no hiding the shame of guilt. There is no hiding the broken pieces.

And that is exactly what I love about this novel. It is full of broken pieces. And those broken pieces take you on a journey that a well paved road never would.


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Jennifer January 3, 2014 at 11:04 am

Isn’t it such an incredible book? So glad you enjoyed it!
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Neha Sharma February 25, 2014 at 12:12 pm

This book transformed me! Every human emotion and behaviour has been captured by the author, and i just couldnt help laughing out loud and sobbing all at the same time! I think everybody ought to know about the insanity caused in Afghanistan and how people’s lives were affected. This book was an eye opener for me on that issue. Loved all the characters, very human, easy to relate. A must read!

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