“Growing up in the city of Kabul in the early 1970s, Hassan was narrator Amir’s closest friend even though the loyal 11-year-old with “a face like a Chinese doll” was the son of Amir’s father’s servant and a member of Afghanistan’s despised Hazara minority.
But in 1975, on the day of Kabul’s annual kite-fighting tournament, something unspeakable happened between the two boys.”
The Kite Runner is a multi-generational book that is a must read for all, published in 2004 it was the first book by Khaled Hosseini. Now even a decade later it is still much talked about and loved. Including itself in lists like 100 books to read before you die, this is a truly sensational read. Set in the 70’s in Afghanistan this book offers a vivid cultural insight in the workings of another country while following a storyline that appeals and is relate-able to the readers as well.
“And the beggars were mostly children now, thin and grim-faced, some no older than five or six. They sat in the laps of their burque-clad mothers alongside gutters at busy street corners… Hardly any of them sat with an adult male- the war had made fathers a rare commodity in Afghanistan.”
Although many would have already read this book but a few do remain ignorant of this literary gem. The writing captures as in its complexity depicting the human mind, his portrayal of a child’s psychology it staggering. So is the relationship between a father and a son.
“We plucked the stinger off a bee and tied a string around the poor thing and yanked it back every time it took flight.”
The story itself is haunting and enlightening, seeing the world through a refugee’s eye and living in it shows exactly what the hardships that they go through. It brings out compassion, empathy in the most unlikely of ways and leaves us emotionally spent.
“There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft..”
This book wields power and holds a story that is horrifying yet heartbreaking in it’s own right. It is authentic and divulges into something that is hard to sometimes read. So I give this book five stars.