Book Review- THE KITE RUNNER

The Kite Runner” tells a heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between Amir, the son of a wealthy Afghan businessman, and Hassan, the son of his father’s servant. Amir is Sunni; Hassan is Shi’a. One is born to a privileged class; the other to a loathed minority. One to a father of enormous presence; the other to a crippled man. One is a voracious reader; the other illiterate.
The poor Hassan is born with a hare lip, but Amir’s gaps are better hidden, deep inside.
Yet Amir and Hassan live and play together, not simply as friends, but as brothers without mothers. Their intimate story traces across the expansive canvas of history, 40 years in Afghanistan’s tragic evolution, like a kite under a gathering storm. The reader is blown from the last days of Kabul’s monarchy — salad days in which the boys lives’ are occupied with school, welcome snows, American cowboy movies and neighborhood bullies — into the atrocities of the Taliban, which turned the boys’ green playing fields red with blood.
This unusually eloquent story is also about the fragile relationship fathers and sons, humans and their gods, men and their countries. Loyalty and blood are the ties that bind their stories into one of the most lyrical, moving and unexpected books .
The title of the book refers to a traditional tournament for Afghan children in which kite-flyers compete by slicing through the strings of their opponents with their own razor-sharp, glass-encrusted strings. To be the child who wins the tournament by downing all the other kites — and to be the “runner” who chases down the last losing kite as it flutters to earth — is the greatest honor of all.
And in that metaphor of flyer and runner, Hosseini’s story soars.
This is a truly magnificent book! (Without a doubt one of the very best stories I have ever read) A Must Read FOR All!!!

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8 thoughts on “Book Review- THE KITE RUNNER

  1. So when somebody asks me to recommend them a book, I simply ask them one question- Have you read ‘The Kite Runner’?
    If the answer is no, then I tell them to go and read it.
    Undoubtedly one of the best books there is.

    Plus, I like the review. 🙂

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