The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini is his first novel and it is simply extraordinary. It is rare to read a story about Afghanistan and even rarer for the that story to not be about war in Afghanistan. It is infact a story on deep friendship and love. ‘The Kite Runner‘ is a marvellous, honest story. It is a must read.

The two main protagonists- Amir and Hassan- are playful, fun loving kids living in the 1970s’ in Afghanistan. Amir is the son of a rich man while Hassan is the son of Amir’s servant, Ali. Despite that, Amir and Hassan are like brothers. They play together and frolic together and fly kites together . Hassan is an excellent kite runner and in the days when kite flying was a legal past time, it was a great talent to have. Amir, unlike his father, is not brave while Hassan can easily fend off bullies and other rascals bravely. Once in 1975, a shattering event occurs during the kite fighting tournament that alters both their lives. In 1981, Amir and his father move to America to flee from the violence in Afghanistan. Amir’s life is pretty secure then and he tries to forget that 1 event but it haunts him and it eventually makes Amir go back to Afghanistan to undo the wrong he had done back in 1975.

The Kite Runner‘ rendered me speechless. It is one of the best stories that I have read. It is immensely moving, emotional and heartbreaking. The splendid and beautiful description of prewar Afghanistan makes me realise how much the country has lost because of power, war and unending politics.

P.S. Do not watch the film, ‘Kite Runner‘ because it has none of the nuances and emotions in the book the touch the reader’s heart. It is quite a horrendous film. The book is thousand times better!

4 thoughts on “The Kite Runner

  1. This book is my all time favourite. I had tears in my eyes quite a few times. It is multi-layered and moving. I read somewhere Hossieni is writing his third book, to be released in 2013. Definitely reading that one. I kind of liked the movie too.

    • Oh I didn’t know he was writing a 3rd book. It would be quite exciting to read that too.
      I quite disagree with your point of the movie being nice. It completely failed to capture the beauty and emotion of the book. It was quite disappointing.

    • No didn’t mean to generalize that all movies based on books are crap. Just this particular movie based on the book kite runnner is. There are several film adaptations that are wonderful like Throne of Blood, Ran, Godfather, Hugo, Perks of being a wallflower, Apocalypse Now, etc.

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