The Kite Runner is the debut novel from Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. It follows the story of Amir, a Sunni Muslim living with his wealthy father Baba in the Wazir Akbar Khan region of Kabul, Afghanistan.
The story touches on the themes of father-son relationships, life, love, betrayal, guilt, and redemption that is told over the course of 30 years, following Amir’s life as a young boy in Kabul, to his adulthood in America.
Throughout the story, Amir comes face to face with the demons of his past, after failing to save his best friend Hassan from a group of bullies.
History is doomed to repeat itself when Amir is drawn back to his homeland years later, and confronted with shocking truths about not only his own family tree, but his relationship with former friend Hassan.
The Kite Runner reads like a story that you’d write essays about in high school. As I mentioned before, the story touches on many themes and is carried by very strong characters. Each character has their specific strengths and even more obvious flaws that make them relatable, likeable and at times unlikeable. The characters are what make this book an excellent read.
We watch Amir grow up, we see what he sees, we witness his fears, his loves, his struggles, and lessons learned. As I’ve mentioned in the previous paragraph, each character has strengths and flaws, We get to witness these through Amir’s eyes, as we see the strained relationship Amir has with his father, which improves upon moving to America.
We see a once great friendship with Hassan torn apart by Amir’s guilt towards not being able to protect Hassan. These are the two main stories within The Kite Runner: Amir’s relationship with Hassan, and Amir’s relationship with his father.
If you’re looking for a book with rich character development and a multi-layered story that touches on a number of important themes, The Kite Runner is definitely up your alley.
FINAL SCORE: 5 out of 5