I finished reading “The Kite Runner“, the debut novel by Khaled Hosseini this morning. I heard a lot about this book and have been wanting to read it for so long, and the fact that the movie will be out soon made me want to read it even sooner.
The Kite Runner follows the story of Amir, the privileged son of a wealthy businessman in Kabul, and Hassan, the son of Amir’s father’s servant. As children in the relatively stable Afghanistan of the early 1970s, the boys are inseparable. They spend idyllic days running kites and telling stories of mystical places and powerful warriors until an unspeakable event changes the nature of their relationship forever, and eventually cements their bond in ways neither boy could have ever predicted. Even after Amir and his father flee to America, Amir remains haunted by his cowardly actions and disloyalty. In part, it is these demons and the sometimes impossible quest for forgiveness that bring him back to his war-torn native land after it comes under Taliban rule.
I personally really enjoyed this book, it’s a very moving story with well-developed characters and touching events that takes us through a trip with the characters that unfolds in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US.
I totally recommend this book, it’s worth the read; I personally can’t wait to watch the movie now and see how it turns out to be.
Khaled Hosseini has a new book called “A Thousand Splendid Suns” that was released this year; I’ve heard mixed reviews about it, so I don’t know if I’ll rush out and get it right now, but I liked the writer’s style and will eventually read more of his works in the future.