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Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner

April 13, 2014

kite_runnerBook review:

“The Kite Runner” is a debut of Afghan-born American novelist and physician Khaled Hosseini. Amir, the main character, tells us the story about his life, friendship and the event that changed everything.

The book starts in 1970’s Afghanistan where Amir is a normal, happy twelve-years-old  who grows up with his loyal friend Hassan. But the day of kite-fighting tournament and one dreadful  event changes their life completely. Their fates diverge forever. Five years later, due to the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, Amir and his father goes to America to find better living conditions. Finally, after almost fifteen years, he decides to go back to Afghanistan which is now under Taliban regime. He want to deal with the ghost of the past.

At the beginning reader doesn’t expect that story will be so thought-provoking. In addition to a very moving details of Amir’s, Hassan’s, Baba’s or Ali’s life we get more than 20 years of Afghanistan history. We get to know images of different societies – Pashtuns and Hazaras, behaviors of Russian soldiers, the fate of Afghans in exile or even dreadful scenes of Taliban regime. It’s a heavy-going story. Author gives us individual torturers on the one hand and whole hateful, fanatic nations on the other hand. We have to make a real effort to come to terms with so much evil.

The story about that how one decision can determine whole our life. About beauty of friendship and forgiveness. Finally about that it is never too late to change our fate and redeem our guilts.