If you are looking for a happily ever after book, this may not be the book for you, if you ask me, Khaled Hosseini never writes a happily ever after. Spoiler alert no? My bad. And yet he is one of my top fav authors. I guess the proverbial bad boy syndrome is really a thing huh?
Christmas is around the corner, everyone is winding down and taking it easy and being mellow. I missed the memo, because instead of following the world rules, I went ahead and picked the Kite Runner, and I have been in tears since, with no mellowness in sight! and to be honest, I have never been the same again. With a better appreciation for diverse cultures, Khaled has definitely warmed his way into my heart forever, even though he keeps breaking it time and time again!
The book is set in Afghanistan, Kabul, and I must admit, before I met Khaled I had never travelled to Afghanistan so, this, in all it’s essence was a first experience.
“From the first lines of The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini shows how an engaging novel begins – with simple, exquisite writing that compels the reader to turn the page. But Hosseini’s novel is more than just good writing, it is also a wonderfully conjured story that offers a glimpse into an Afghanistan most Americans have never seen and depicts a side of humanity rarely revealed … for the reader, the ride is exhilarating’ Star Tribune”
Excerpt From: Khaled Hosseini. “The Kite Runner.” iBooks.
The book revolves around two main characters. Amir; son of a wealthy Kabul merchant and Hassan , his servant. you see the two had a bond beyond the master servant relationship and had a love for kites and their story is captured in the pages of this book in a heart wrenching manner that leaves you grabbing for the tissues every single time.
The book begins with a phone call, the beginning of the end,
“There is a way to be good again” …
and just like that the pages unfold to tell us why. You see Amir, though born into wealth had his own personal struggles (like all of us have) and he never did right, especially when needed to. Amir also had Father issues. He longed for his Father’s attention, growing up, yet the distance continued between Father , Son continued , In addition to the issues affecting his personal life, Amir must also contend with the instability of the Afghan political system in the 1970s. During a crucial episode, which takes place during an important kite flying tournament, Amir decides not to act — he decides not to confront bullies and aggressors when he has the chance — and this conscious choice of inaction sets off a chain reaction that leads to guilt, lies, and betrayals. Eventually, because of the changing political climate, Amir and his father are forced to flee Afghanistan. Amir views coming to America as an opportunity to leave his past behind.
The Coup de Grace
“For you a thousand times over”