Book Review 7: The Kite Runner

I wasn’t finding much time to read on the South Island. There was always something to do or someone to talk to. Even the nights without wifi I was finding myself immersed in conversations or playing cards with new friends. So reading took a bit of a back burner. The book I had on deck was The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I’ve read this book ages ago, but I couldn’t remember everything except that I had enjoyed it.

The story begins in San Fransisco in 2000 with a phone call to the main character that changes his life forever. We are then transported back to the winter of 1975 in Afghanistan and see the world through his eyes. I feel like the books that take place in the Middle East during this time period are rare and definitely not as widely known as The Kite Runner. I actually may be wrong about that, but I haven’t personally read any others. This story is very captivating because it shows the everyday life of someone growing up before and during the wars. The Kite Runner is also highly acclaimed and has been listed as a New York Times Bestseller.

Hosseini does a marvelous job touching on sensitive topics without getting political. I also found that it was a fairly easy read and once I actually sat down to read I flew through it. I’m glad I re-read this novel and if you haven’t personally you should put it on your reading list. Hosseini has a couple of other novels that I now plan on getting my hands on.

Goodreads Synopsis

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

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