Hamza: Book Review – Khaled Housseini’s The Kite Runner

Many Khaled Housseini fans say this is his best work yet. I don’t quite agree but I can assure you this is an exceptional book.

It’s a tale of Amir, a morally-conflicted young Afghan boy, born with a silver spoon, and his experiences on one hand with his demanding father whom he loved dearly and on the other hand, his young, brave and tolerant friend Hassan.

The novel was set in the US and Afghanistan. The tale depicts Afghanistan — from her glory days of peace, harmony and the no-longer-popular kite running sport where hoards of people gathered to fly, watch and “fight” kites; to the days of pain, poverty, anger and war resulting from the invasion of Russia and sets at the rise of the Mujahedeen and the Taliban. Also, one could sense how devastating it must be for refugees to rebuild their lives after so many years of clueless gathering.

The Kite Runner contains several razor-sharp plot twists, seasoned with Khaled Housseini-esque honey-sweet, almost poetic writings and thought-provoking dialogues. As also in “And the mountains echoed”, Afghan culture was portrayed and their views on Arabs, life, family, marriage and religion as a whole can be perceived in this beautiful piece of literature.
On a scale of 1–10, I’ll give it an 8.5

“ For you, a thousand times…”

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