The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
Read January 2009
Wow. At first, this book made me feel really stupid. I knew very little about the different religious sects within the middle east. Honestly, I knew very little about the war between the Russians and Afghans.
I had to do a little research on the internet to understand some things. I have to say, I feel smarter for reading this book. It is a great work of historical (recent historical?) fiction.
The story and relationship between Amir and Hassan is heart-wrenching, as is the relationship between Amir and his father.
I usually see plot twists and where a book is heading from miles away, but I did not see this one coming.
It is a sad and gut-wrenching story. It’s hard to read parts of the story, but it is worth it.
I plan on reading Hosseini’s novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns. I hear it is just as good, if not better than The Kite Runner.
I can finally watch the movie now. I’ve had it checked out from the library for a while now. Hopefully it does not disappoint!
Theme: Amir and Hassan are childhood friends. One day something happens to Hassan that changes everything. As an adult, Amir tries to right the wrongs of his past.
Setting: 1970’s Iraq, 1970’s United States, present day United States and Iraq
Characters: Amir, Hussan,
Themes: sexual violence, child abuse, friendship, infidelity, cultural differences, war, war violence, death, illness