Hey friends, so I have been reading this book lately and thought I should write a review about it. This is the most hyped novel by Khalid Hosseini. I got hold of this novel last year, but couldn’t get time to read it. Thanks to the lockdown that I finally got to finish it and I am really glad to have read an incredible story like this. Read on to know more about the book.
The kite runner is a story that highlights the elements of friendship, betrayal, guilt and redemption through the characters. It is set against the backdrop of Afghanistan under the Taliban’s invasion.
The story revolves around the relationship between two boys the protagonist, Amir Agha, son of a wealthy Pashtoon man, and Hassan a Hazara servant son. Who used to play and spend time together since childhood, yet the discrepancies in their status always define their relationship and actions. The protagonist’s quest to attain his father’s affection couldn’t stop him from betraying his close friend, Hassan. Little did he know that how his betrayal would not only cause damage to his relationship but also him. The war in Afghanistan separated them. However, the sense of guilt glued to him and kept haunting him as he moved to the u.s leaving his friend behind. Thus, the kite runner is the story of the protagonist’s redemption.
I have read Khalid Hosseini’s other novel
Like ” the mountains echoed, ” a thousand splendid sun”, but let me tell you that kite runner is by far his best novel and deserves all the appreciation. By the time, I finished this masterpiece, I have already been through an emotional rollercoaster. The revelation of the truth to Amir in the second half of the book was beyond heart-wrenching and made my eyes teary still, I couldn’t help myself from turning pages. The author has beautifully crafted every word and kept his readers engrossed in his characters in such a way that the reader would feel and relate to what the fictitious characters are going through. The emotional turmoil, physical violence, adultery, and the depth of every other emotion that are remarkably projected in this novel, represents the physical turmoil and violence that was inflicted upon Afghanistan. The author has depicted the social conflict in Afghanistan in his characters internal conflict.
There are a few quotes in the book which I have highlighted so I could read them over and over. Let me share some here and give you a glimpse of what a worthwhile book this is.
1. “Children aren’t colouring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favourite colours”
Yes just because we have bred them, we don’t get to decide everything for them. Let them be the master of their life instead of being a master yourself.
2. “There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal a wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someones right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness. There is no act more wretched than stealing”.
This one hit me hard. Theft is indeed the biggest sin ever. And we know how much damage it can do to one’s life.
3. “Hassan!” I called. ” come back with it”
” For you, a thousand times over”. he said
And this one is the best of all. It brought tears to my eyes. This small yet powerful quote is the epitome of Hassan’s loyalty towards Amir. Despite having various reasons to hate Amir, Hassan has always been loyal to him as a brother.
4. But it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past always claws its way out.
5. And that, I believe is true redemption, when guilt leads to good.
In brief, this is a book that you should not be missing out on. It is going to last in your mind and you would want to read the book all over again. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. If you are looking for something emotional, it’s a must-read. But if you are sensitive and vulnerable then you should avoid reading this book for the fear of getting depressed.