A strong start to my reading for 2021, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini had me gripped from start to finish. So much so that I often found myself skim reading the pages, desperate to find out what was going to happen next.
The Kite Runner is a heartbreaking book, but one that I'm glad I took the time to read. It's perhaps one of the most moving books I've read since I finished A Little Life.
Beautifully written, it will open your eyes to a whole world that many of us are privileged enough to have never had to experience.
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The Kite Runner Plot Synopsis:
Afghanistan, 1975: 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.
After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.
A review of The Kite Runner:
Told through the eyes of Amir, the story follows his life and that of Hassan, the young son of his father's servant. Set within a time of war and destruction, the story actually only lightly touches on those issues and instead focuses more on the everyday turmoil that the boys experience. Showing the personal tragedies that occur because of the world they live in, you'll find you quickly fall in love with both Amir and Hassan. And yet, you'll equally find yourself frustrated by both boys.
The Kite Runner is more than a story of war, it is one about friendship, love, lies, guilt, redemption, tragedy, pain, and hope. It will tug on every single one of your heartstrings and move you to tears at times. It doesn't have a nice and tidy ending, but it has one that is fitting for the story that comes before it and it ends with a glimmer of hope in sight.
A truly haunting book, it's going to be a story that stays with me for a long time.
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