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Book Review: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Heavily celebrated book “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini is the first book of this Afghan-American author. While reading, readers got hugely displaced by thinking that this book is completely based on his life story. Although it was more about his native country – Afghanistan. In the first part of the book, where the protagonist – Amir and his juvenile antagonist Hassan are more prone to childish desires the book covers the pure and original culture of the country. Kite flying was no less than a festival there. The book covers many aspects of human life’s circumstances but couldn’t find solutions to each issue. As some were international issues, such as seeking refuge in the USA; the attack of Russia on Afghanistan and later on the formation of Taliban to fight against Russians.  In the book, the character named Hassan, a meek boy impresses more than the main lead – Amir. Hassan was made for sympathy because of his inferior cast and poverty while Amir was a son of an affluent father. He was cowardice but finally manages to win the hearts of readers when he comes back to the war-torn country to save the only survival from Hassan’s family. It was his son – Sohrab.

The novel is lengthy enough to show sacrifices, vestiges of memories and redemption. Overall it is quite a touching novel and it has been heard that readers have wept also before completing the book. However, it leaves one bleak impression to the readers outside western countries that why didn’t the writer go against the Americans. As they formed Taliban and later on witnessed 9/11 attack. It is a pungent truth that the country – Afghanistan was torn and ravaged by both sides equally.  Probably, the writer has left some of the truths untouched because he lives in the USA. 

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