Synopsis of the Kite Runner

In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini we follow the life of Amir, the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant. We watch as he begins his journey growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan, into his adult years moving to America, and eventually his ultimate return to his homeland. And what a journey it is.

Amir’s seemingly once unbreakable bond with his childhood friend and servant, Hassan, begins to tear with the ever-growing tension of the country. Amir constantly wants and needs the approval of his father, but there seems to be something in their way. It is a sweeping story about family, friendship, and loss that never forgets its roots of a tragic history spanning over thirty years. It shows the price betrayal can have and the possibilities redemption can finally bring.

My Thoughts

Through the reading of these pages, I was absolutely enthralled and didn’t want to stop reading. I became so attached to these characters and their winding story. Each one felt complete and real. The overall story was both beautiful and completely heart wrenching, I’ll admit some tears were shed.

This book is so important. It’s a story that we don’t usually hear, at least in the U.S. I only ever was taught what came after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, not what, at least in part, lead up to it. We see the coup that ended the Afghan monarchy and how it leads to the tumultuous country Afghanistan has become. It doesn’t try to present solutions or become something it isn’t. At its heart, The Kite Runner is just an honest story.

This book has opened a door for me to a genre that I always found intimidating, and will certainly be reading more of in the future.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Warnings: Trigger for Rape, Strong Violence, Some Language

First Published: 2003

Page count: 371 pages

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