The Kite Runner

On a high mountain, I stood

And cried the name of Ali, Lion of God.

O Ali, Lion of God, King of Men,

Bring joy to our sorrowful hearts

Book : The Kite Runner

Author : Khaled Hosseini

Rating : 5/5

Goodreads Synopsis : 

“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime.” 

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

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.

Review : 

First you will smile, then you will get angry and then finally tears will fill your eyes. Those three  words you see on the front cover is what this book is. It will shake your insides for sure and make you think a lot about your past, present and future. This book is full of emotions and once you start reading it, you connect to it instantly.

The story take you from Kabul to Peshawar to San Francisco. It is yet another example which proves that life is not just black and white but it has a lot of grey in it. Friendship, father -son relationship and redemption is at the core of this book. The characters in the book are so diverse that it is sure that you can easily relate many of them to some people in your real life.

You get to experience that friendship has no barriers and how a little bit of courage at the right point may change you life for the good. You also get to see that how a son inner self get changed from what it is in order to get love and attention from his father.

The difficulties that civilians face due to inefficient government in a country is also highlighted. The origin of Taliban and its transformation to a terrorist organisation also play a major role in the book.

At no point of time time, I felt the book to be boring. Initially the story is a bit scattered but as you keep on going, it all start coming together. When you come to the end, you would have completed a journey so unique, that it will change you forever, however small that change may be.

Books like this  strengthen the fact that even in this age of social media and fast lifestyle, it is reading good books which gives you inner peace and guidance in your troubled times.

© Rishabh Priyadarshi



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