Book Review: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


Title: The Kite Runner

By: Khaled Hosseini

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 321

Release Date: May 29th, 2003

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

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 it is also about the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

The first Afghan novel to be written in English, The Kite Runner tells a sweeping story of family, love, and friendship against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, bringing to mind the large canvases of the Russian writers of the nineteenth century. But just as it is old-fashioned in its narration, it is contemporary in its subject—the devastating history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years. As emotionally gripping as it is tender, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful debut. 


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I can count on one hand the books that have made me cry. The pure emotion running through these words is heartbreaking and moving. I had put this book off for too long, but I'm so glad I finally got around to reading it.

The author is amazing with words, telling a story from the narrator's point of view that makes you think. You understand why each character reacts the way they do, but it breaks your heart to know why. The deep rooted injustice and sadness drives this story, but also gives you hope.

I have to admit, at the end when the book is wrapping up, I was bawling, crocodile tears streaming down my cheeks. There were so many lost moments that the character will never get back, but in the end, he did one thing right, taking in his late friends child. It wouldn't make up for everything that had happened over the years, but it gave them closure.

A great read, but bring a tissue box.

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