“Hassan returned the smile. Except his didn’t look forced. And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too”
– Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
Hello readers! We are back with yet another review, and this time it is a book by one of the most eminent and widely renowned authors, Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner.
I read this book a while ago, and it definitely makes it to my list of top 10 all time favourites. The book tells us the story of Amir, the son of a wealthy merchant in Kabul and Hassan, his servant and constant companion. There is an unlikely bond between a child of the ruling class of Pashtuns (Amir) and a Hazara servant boy (Hassan), which thrives during their childhood days until Amir decides to abandon his friend during the dying years of the Afghan monarchy. They get caught in a web of religious and political turmoil which pulls the boys further apart. Years later, Amir journeys back to his motherland of Afghanistan to right the wrong he did to his unfaltering and faithful companion.
The story is set in the timeline of the fall of the Afghan monarchy and beautifully portrays the love, and friendship that exists in children without any discrimination; the bond between a father and his son; the love for one’s motherland and the power of family. The book never fails to grip your attention and has a very strong and eventful plot, which coupled with Hosseini’s masterful writing, makes for one of the best stories in the genre. The book has a few moments where it does drag on for a while, but it more than makes up for it with the overall plot and moments which make you believe in the power of family and love.
The USP of the book is a debatable matter as it varies from reader to reader. But, if you asked me, the development of Amir from a scared and highly dependent kid into a person who learns how to take a stand for both himself and his loved ones, influenced by the incidents back home in Kabul as well the truth withheld from him by his father makes for a great story in itself. The parts of the story which are somewhat slow compared to the rest of the book are mostly fillers which act as bridges between the significant events and do not persist too long to bore the readers. The usage of words is commendable as it is at a breakeven point where it does not become too complicated for the new readers as well does not fail to interest those who like good vocabulary to go with a good story. The book captures the Afghan culture very well to a great extent with vivid and detailed description of festivities, wedding rituals and the different customs from that part of the world.
This is one of those feel-good stories which stays with you long after you have finished reading the book. I have read this book a couple of times now and even though the story was fresh in my mind when I read it the second time around, it was not a repetitive experience. Rather it was a chance at analysing some of the more vague and highly granular aspects of the story with a greater insight. This was one of the best parts about the book for me because it does not spell everything out for you. A lot of things are left open for the reader’s understanding and interpretation. This makes the book a different experience for each reader but none a bad experience.
If you have not read it already, we recommend you to get your hands on a copy as soon as you can. Take our word for it, ‘You will not be disappointed’. 🙂