Author: Khaled Hosseini
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Release Date: 27th April 2004
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Quick Review: The Kite Runner of Khaled Hosseini's deeply moving fiction debut is an illiterate Afghan boy with an uncanny instinct for predicting exactly where a downed kite will land. Growing up in the city of Kabul in the early 1970s, Hassan was narrator Amir's closest friend even though the loyal 11-year-old with "a face like a Chinese doll" was the son of Amir's father's servant and a member of Afghanistan's despised Hazara minority. But in 1975, on the day of Kabul's annual kite-fighting tournament, something unspeakable happened between the two boys.
Detailed Review: This is a genre I would seldom pick, since I tend to go with fantasy and dystopia most of the time, but since I've heard so many good things about it... When I saw it on my library's shelf, I just decided to take a risk and borrowed it.
AND... It was unbelievable. I've recently read a book as haunting as The Kite Runner, which was I'm the King of the Castle by Susan Hill, so impregnated with hidden messages and symbolism.
Also, besides that, you also feel like you can truly relate to the story and it in turn forms a connection between you and the author himself. It's amazing how powerful books can be.
This book portrays life not only as a happy chapter in a book, but also reveals the most painful decisions and moments that comes with life. The author nailed everything with the setting and characters. The characters were really memorable and unusual ones, but ones which will be easily remembered and distinguished, particularly Amir and Hassan. To me, the true hero is Hassan, because he showcases a life where you can be happy even through the most depressing and oppressive of times. His optimism is the his best attribute. Amir on the other hand, was more balanced. He had both bad and good with him, but the good won out in the end, which I'm glad. I want to thank Hassan for shaping and defining most of Amir's life.
I don't think I can stress how amazing the book is, but if you ask me something about The Kite Runner and I'd start babbling about it non-stop and even end up spoiling it for you in the process if I can't help it hehe...
So my last words...The Kite Runner is a book for everyone. It highlights the eccentricities of life and also the fact that even the most honorable people can make mistakes.
Brief Review: Khaled Hosseini presents a thought-provoking story to readers that is likely to leave an impression on their lives. Rich with history and tragedy, this book tells a story of mistakes and redemption. This is an awesome debut for an author who has the ability to use words to haunt you at the most unexpected of times with impossible twists that can leave you bewildered and crying.
Final Rating: 5/5 'Totally Amazing!'
To Amir, this is the impression you give me,
Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep-- Clive Barker