Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini, is definitely one of my favourite books from the ones I’ve read so far. The Kite Runner manages to slither its way from all the books I’ve read and successfully placed itself at the top of my list.
The Kite Runner – An Overlook
The story revolves around two best friends, Amir and Hassan. Amir is a well to do Pashtun boy. Hassan is a Hazara boy who is the son of Ali. Ali is the servant of Amir’s father aka Baba. Both the boys are extremely fond of flying kites. It managed to take them away from the realities or the struggles they faced as an individual. Amir and Hassan often partnered up. Amir would be flying the kite while Hassan would be running to the exact place where Amir’s Kite would land. Without even seeing it makes us realize the beautiful bond they both had.
One day Assef, an elder boy, attacks Amir with his brass knuckles. Hassan saves Amir and threatens him with his slingshot. Assef becomes furious and makes up his mind to take revenge on what Hassan had done to him.
Days later, Amir wins the local kite-flying competition. He wins Baba’s praise and appreciation. Hassan runs to get the last kite saying “For you, thousand times over”. After finding the last kite he bumps into Assef. Hassan refuses to hand over the kite. Amir witnesses the entire scene but is too scared to intervene. As he realizes that, if he would fail to bring the kite, Baba would not appreciate him.
After that incident, Amir kept his distance with Hassan because of his guilt. He even plants a watch on Hassan’s pocket and blames him for theft so that Hassan would go away from his life like the incident that occurred earlier. Later on, to Baba’s sorrow, Hassan and Ali part ways after Hassan says that incident to Ali making Amir’s life easier.
Several incidents unfold. Years later, Amir learns that Hassan, his wife and Amir were killed by Taliban after refusing to confiscate Amir and Baba’s house at Kabul. He also learns that Hassan was his stepbrother. Amir comes to Pakistan to rescue Hassan’s son Sohrab from an orphanage where he was brutally tortured by Assef. Eventually, Sohrab is adopted by Hassan. They both start bonding while Amir showcases a few tricks to Hassan and says – For you, a thousand times over.
The Kite Runner – A Review
The Kite Runner always manages to create the same impact, no matter how many times I re-read the book. Khaled manages to string together various elements in the story. All the way from the brunt of dealing with expectations from your father to the element of jealousy that takes place. The comparison brought between the two characters of the story also affects the bond between the two friends. Khaled beautifully portrays the growth of the relationship between the two to transform into the unconditional love of friendship.
The Kite Runner also sheds light about the gripping war that took place in Kabul. How war tears families apart and results in the death of the innocents. It shows the readers the gory affairs that take place during the war.
The author also layers the element of love from the love of a friend. To the love and respect towards the father. To the love that lingers towards the protagonist Hassan’s wife. Which transcends to the love towards a child.
The unconditional love of friendship and the struggles of every character brings a tear rolling down on very reader’s cheek. Especially mine making this book my all-time favourite. So if you didn’t read The Kite Runner, I seriously don’t know what you are still waiting for!