Book review: The Kite Runner

It’s very rarely  I come across a book that I can truly say is unforgettable. I’ve been a bookworm since I was six, and till this day there are only a handful of books that have touched my heart as piercingly as “The Kite Runner.”

I know, I know, I’m only like a bazillion years behind on my “to-read” list because the hype about this book has been out there for some time now, but I’m so glad I finally had a chance to get around to it. Because really if I had to choose only one book to top my favorites list from all the ones I’ve devoured in the last five years,  this one would be it–hands down!

The writing is beautiful. The story, heart wrenching. The plot, flawless.

A story about two boys whose lives intertwine in such a deep and meaningful way, “The Kite Runner” does a spectacular job of giving readers a glimpse into the Afghani culture, its people, its struggles, and ultimately, its demise.

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In the midst of the changes taking place in Afghanistan is the story of two boys, Amir and Hassan, seemingly as different as the sun and moon, yet connected in ways they  never imagined possible.

“The Kite Runner” gives readers a peep into these boys’ lives, Amir as the master’s son and Hassan, his ever-loyal servant. The sacrifices that are expected, accepted and demanded of those of the Hazara, or servant, class are shocking and often disturbing. Many times I found myself cold with terror or weeping in sorrow at how Hassan sacrifices beyond belief or, most would argue, what is considered humanly acceptable to prove his love and loyalty toward Amir.

If you haven’t read the story, I won’t spoil it for you, but I will say that if you don’t have time to read another book for an entire year, let this one be the one you don’t miss.

A must read and admirably written, “The Kite Runner” has a lot to be praised for and Khaled Hosseini is an author to be applauded for his wondrous work on this beautiful story.

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