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THE KITE RUNNER

release date: 29 may, 2003
page count: 372
my rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Synopsis:

Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve- year old Amir is desperate to win the local kite- fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realizes that one day he must return to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.

A Rant Review:

I was very hesitant to review this book because I feel like everyone and their mothers love this book and that if I say one negative thing about this book , people will come attack me.

I went into this book not knowing much about it and I think that it is the best way to go about it. All I can say is that Amir makes a big mistake in his childhood and that changes him for life; which brings me to the first line of the story – I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigud overcast day in the winter of 1975.” The first line itself is so very intriguing, that it pulls you right into the story. It makes you question so many things, that you can’t help but read it. This book discusses many important topics like caste, racism, child labor, consequences of war, immigration, cancer and child abuse. This book takes you on a wild journey and reveals many harrowing truths of our world.

This book is draining, heart wrenching and infuriating but at the same time it is hopeful, astonishing and just… beautiful.

That’s all I have to say for the non – spoilery section.

So, goodbye non-spoilers!

Read the book and then come back to rant about it with me. 😉

I feel that the most admirable aspect of the book is the irony.

There are just so many hard hitting moments in this story. And obviously I have my favourite ones.

First of is when Hassan saves Amir from getting beaten by Assef. He had aimed his slingshot at Assef’s left eye, and had threatened to blind him. Nineteen years later, eleven years old Sohrab, Hassan’s son saves Amir from getting killed at the hands of Assef who was working with the Talibans. Sohrab had aimed his slingshot at Assef’s left eye and had blinded him. I just love the fact that it feels so right and so deserving….I mean…it just feels so right.

Another heart breaking moment, for me was when Amir found out that Hassan was his half-brother by blood. This is so very ironical because Baba used to say – …there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. When you kill a man, you steal a life, you steal a wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.” For someone who believes this, it was shocking to know that he would cheat on his best friend Ali, and then never confess it for the sake of reputation.

This book is jam packed with surprises and plot twists.

And I think I can say this for almost everyone of us that the situation in this is book is miles away from our personal situations, but regardless of that, I felt that you could really connect to the protaganist – Amir. Another thing that I liked about Hosseini’s writing is that he is not afraid of making his characters flawed and making the readers hate them. Amir, at the begining of the story..was such a despicable person who was on unsure emtional ground. Hosseini’s characters are richly developed. They feel real and tangible.

This, was a solid 4.5 star read for me. This book is remarkable. After reading this I realize why this has so many admirers and has received so many claims. It was hard to believe that this was Hosseini’s  debut novel. It was very evident how much effort and work had gone behind crafting the plot and the story. I think the only reason why I didn’t give it a 5 star is because the story felt too deliberate. It was like everything falling into place. So, I think the only flaw of the book is that it’s too flawless and that probably doesn’ t make any sense.😅

Tell me some of your thoughts on this book, down in the comments section below or you can always DM me.

UNTIL NEXT TIME!

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