The Bottom Line
- Complex, interesting characters
- Suspenseful story - You won't want to put it down
- Believable voice
- Interesting look at Afghanistan
- Intense, potentially upsetting content (not for children)
- Themes that touch all humanity - love, cruelty, redemption
- A setting worth learning about - Afghanistan from the monarchy through the Taliban
- A page turning, heart rending story of friendship and secrets
Guide Review - Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - Book Review
Looking at The Kite Runner as a story about culture, however, misses what the book is really about. This is a novel about humanity. This is a story about friendship, loyalty, cruelty, longing for acceptance, redemption and survival. The core story could be set in any culture because it deals with issues that are universal.
The Kite Runner looks at how the main character, Amir, deals with a secret in his past and how that secret shaped who he became. It tells of Amir's childhood friendship with Hassan, his relationship with his father and growing up in a privileged place in society. I was drawn in by Amir's voice. I sympathized with him, cheered for him and felt angry with him at different points. Similarly, I became attached to Hassan and his father. The characters became real to me, and it was difficult for me to put the book down and leave their world.
I highly recommend this book, especially for book clubs(see Kite Runner Book Club Discussion Questions). For those of you who are not in a reading group, read it and then loan it to a friend. You are going to want to talk about it when you finish.