Monday, September 27

Book Review : The Kite Runner (The Best work by Khaled Hosseini)

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The Kite Runner is a very special book for those who love organic tales. Have you ever came across a book that has not only thrilled you but moved you at the same time? If no, then I have a very special treat for all you guys. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a must-read for you guys.

The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner Book

Sunday Express declared “The Kite Runner” as deeply moving. Khaled Hosseini, an Afghan-born American novelist is well known for his vivid depictions of Afghanistan, pre and post-war.

His first ever novel, The Kite runner, a tale of two Afghan boys, childhood friends, as good as brothers, separated by the calamities of war, is a novel that is hardly ever dull. Each chapter of this novel is ended at such a point that the readers can’t help themselves but read the next.

The Kite Runner takes you to the world of Afghan life, which at points do collide with the Pakistani lifestyle. Even the protagonist, Amir shares similarities with Khalid Hosseini himself. Amir since his early age is keenly interested and invested in storytelling and narrates to us the entire story; His and Hassan’s story.

The Kite Runner is a jeweled book that is close to life. It’s very hard not to fall in love with Hassan during the read, Hassan the epitome of loyalty, Hassan the paragon of obedience. Hassan the cleft-lipped servant of Amir. Even Amir himself realizes Hassan’s devotion and his redemption of not reverting back the same feelings for him.

The Kite Runner talks about some serious issues that are deeply rooted in our society, like rape, injustice, Pedophilia, wrong influence of power. Hassan like the rest of Hazaras is shown to pay a grieve price for being a Hazara. And Amir after witnessing the brutality Hassan had to go through couldn’t manage to stay in the same house with him. So due to Amir’s course of action, Hassan is forced to leave Amir’s place.  All this happens before the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, and the subsequent civil wars.

But things turn really bad for Afghanistan after the entrance of the Soviet army, and Amir and his Baba flee from Afghanistan and seek refuge in Pakistan for few days, and then move to the USA. Khalid Hosseini has exceptionally managed to pen down Amir’s terrifying experience of his refugee life. With a dark secret in his heart and remorse, Amir with time, finds himself melding with the American lifestyle. He rediscovers his passion for writing and ends up being a writer. Falls in love with an Afghan girl and lives his life smoothly until one day, decades later the dark secret that he had buried deep inside his heart starts re-emerging when his father’s close friend asks him to visit Pakistan during his ailing days. For me. The Kite Runner was an era.

Amir’s visit to Pakistan and his quest for redemption proves to be a vital turn of events in his life, we are shown how there’s always a chance to be good again, to make the wrongs right, and to be courageous. This novel has the tendency to make its readers feel the same sufferings that the characters have gone through, and the level of suffering is again a measure of how strongly and deeply connected one is with the book. If you’re a true book lover, The Kite Runner is for you.

Below, I’d like to share my favorite lines from the novel;

For you thousand times over. (Hassan to Amir)

You are the morning sun to my Yelda. (Amir to his wife Suriya)

Children aren’t coloring books, you don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors. (Raheem Chacha to Amir’s Baba)

When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal a wife’s right to husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat,  you steal the right to fairness. There’s no act more wretched than stealing. (Amir’s baba to Amir)

There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood

There is a way to be good again…

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Rabia Talpur

Hello all, I’m Rabia Talpur, an engineer by degree and a banker by profession. I have graduated from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology and I believe reading to be one’s life’s blood. Stay tuned for more exciting book reviews!

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