I enjoyed this book thoroughly because it not only allows me to follow the life of a man who carries a burden in his heart, it also was a fascinating and fairly sympathetic portrayal of a culture I know very little about.
The Kite Runner is about a coming-of-age boy named Amir, only son of a rich merchant, whose best friend is the son of a servant, Hassan. Amir and Hassan grew up together in Kabul and are inseparable playmates and companions. Hassan would do anything for his Agha (master), yet Amir does not consider Hassan his friend because they are of different worlds. Amir wronged Hassan in a horrible way, an event, which I will not give away, comes between the two boys that brings about an end
to their friendship.
The magic of the book is the narrator’s ability to share his thoughts, emotions, weaknesses and vulnerabilities through his relationships with parents early on in life. Amir struggles to gain his larger-than-life father’s affection. In his mind, he never quite measures up to his father’s lofty expectations.
Of course, not all that occurs in the Kite Runner is good; not by any means. In fact, some of it is rather horrifying and evil but, for the sake of spoiling the story for others, I will not go into those details here. Furthermore, the story takes many surprising and unexpected twists (I confess, I had no idea what the story was about prior to reading it), but that only adds to the effectiveness of the plot.
Read: April 24, 2011