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The Kite Runner Book Review

Updated on February 13, 2011

The Kite Runner was written by Khaled Hosseini. This is one of my favourite novels in the last decade. The author manages to engage and educate the reader at the same time. The story is thrilling, inspirational, and thought provoking. It is the kind of book that you just never want to put down. I read this book in two days, because I just did not want to put it down. The book illustrates the political unrest in Afghanistan, the character development is jaw dropping, and it will leave you with an appetite for more of this awe-inspiring writing.

The Kite Runner follows the journey of the character Amir. He is the son of a very rich business owner in Kabul, Afghanistan. The two central lives interlink, as the second central character is Hassan, who is in fact Amir’s father’s servant son. The boys are best friends and never want to leave each other’s sides, in 1970’s Afghanistan. Their childhoods are spent playing with kites and running in the fields. As well, as creating stories of mystical, intriguing places. A shocking turn of events alters their friendship for a lifetime. Amir and his dad leave to live in America, however, Amir is far from impressed by this, his distaste at them leaving for America causes future problems and sets the tone for the issues that later arise. Amir eventually arrives back in Afghanistan to find it war-torn and under Taliban rule.

When reading this thought provoking, heart-wrenching tale you actually begin to forget that this is a novel. You start think it is a story written by a real life character. Afghanistan to Amir was his native land, it was home however, it had now become the focus of America’s distrust and watchful eye. This story is brutally honest, heartfelt, heart wrenching and awe inspiring all at the same time. It kind of opens your eyes, it is somewhat refreshing. In a way, you do not want it to end. Hosseini draws you in with his intricate, yet simple dialogue. His exceptional talent for creating a sense of a reality in a fictional tale. The Kite Runner is truly breathtaking.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves reading. Anyone who appreciates the exceptional fictional written construction. The talent and imagination that lies within these pages is beyond words. In fact sometimes when I try to describe how gifted Hosseini is I get a bit stuck. His words will make you want to jump right into the tale and sit and have a conversation with Amir and Hassan.  The story is fabulous, every word you could come up with to describe amazing. Hosseini made the Kite Runner a classic for future generations.


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      Pierre Savoie 7 years ago from Canada

      Hosseini also wrote A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS, with a similar setting but with women as central characters, who endure the indignities of the Taliban for a time.

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      Pierre Savoie 7 years ago from Canada

      We've gotten involved with those countries, for good or for ill. Their stories are our stories too.