1970s Afghanistan: 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...
Since its publication in 2003, The Kite Runner has sold eight million copies worldwide. Through Khaled Hosseini's brilliant writing, a previously unknown part of the world was brought to life.
I can’t even make myself begin to review this book as it took me to a roller coaster of emotions while reading it. Well, let me start by saying that I don’t even know why I put it on-hold for the longest time. It’s been in my shelf for quite some time and started reading it last week. Yes, I know, one week is not an acceptable pace but you have to forgive me. There has been a lot of destructions (let’s call it work.)
First of all, the characters in this book are all unique and relatable in their own ways. Amir’s childhood, for example, is a significant part of each or ours.
Sometime during our childhood, we did something that we know was wrong but still did anyway. That brings us to one of the 3 major emotional breakthroughs in Amir’s life, jealousy. We can’t call it sibling rivalry just yet, but that’s how it felt. If you have a brother/sister, you’ll know what I mean. Everything, up to the smallest detail is favoritism: the last piece of chocolate in the fridge, the new toy your brother got, the new pair of shoes for your sister.
Second is guilt. Guilt is a big word and I think Amir handled guilt fittingly, in his own little way. He convinced himself that it was better to be guilty and feel bad about what you did than know you were wrong and feel absolutely fine with it.
Lastly, atonement. Amir’s version of atonement came a little far behind schedule. It still mattered, nonetheless. Although not initially his idea, at least he pushed through with it. I felt really proud of him as the story was coming to an end, how he became as good as his father.