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Saturday, April 11, 2020

My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Bloomsbury 
Genre - Fiction
Publishing year - 2003
Language - English 
ISBN - 978-1-4088-5025-1
Pages - 343

My Review - 
The generation of Afghan children whose ears would know nothing but the sound of bombs and gunfire was not yet born. 

If somebody asks me to describe this book in a single word, it would be Ironic. The Kite Runner is my first read of Khaled Hosseini. It is a story of two boys Amir and Hassan, based on Afghanistan. They grew up together, but an incident after the kite tournament changes the dynamic of their relationship. 

Amir's father is a well-known and respected man in Kabul. He always stood up against the wrong, but his son lacks this quality. Whenever someone troubles Amir, he does nothing. It was Hassan who stood for him, fight Amir's battles. Hassan considered him as his best friend, but for Amir, he was just a son of a servant. When he needs Amir's help the most, he turned his back. The guilt stayed in his heart for the rest of his life. 

Soon things started to change politically in Afghanistan, and Amir and his father flee to America. They both miss their time spent with Hassan, his father Ali, and Rahim Khan, but they acquainted with their new life shortly. Amir married to Soraya and living a sound life. But a phone call from Pakistan changes his life forever. It was Rahim Khan who was dying and wanted to meet him. Amir knows in his heart that it is a bad idea to go there, but he still proceeds and discovered the truth about Hassan and his family. 

He travels to Kabul to settle some old debts and seeking redemption. The trip alters his life forever. Everything he knows about his motherland is changed now. People lost humanity, hope. The gruesome murders, corruption is the new reality of Afghanistan. In the midst, Amir tries to do some good for the sake of his lost friend Hassan. So, that he can earn some dignity and self-respect, he always lacks. 

Khaled Hosseini wrote an artistic, but a melancholic tale. One can feel the pain of Hassan, and all the other boys, who go through debasement. This book leaves a long sadistic impact on me. The language is lucid, the narrative is smooth. The story has genuine and wicked people, and when you read about them, it will break and melt your heart. I highly recommend this book. 

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