The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

6 May

I just finished reading The Kite Runner for my book club.  It tells the heartbreaking story of the life-long friendship between a boy born into wealth and privilege and the son of his father’s servant.  The story is gripping and hard to take at times.  It’s a story about what makes a family, friendship and loyalty.  Originally set in Afghanistan in the 70s and 80s, we follow a young man’s journey from childhood to adolescence and his emigration and adulthood in America.

Amir’s best friend Hassan is always there for him.  To play with, laugh with and get into mischief with.  Hassan is loyal and forgiving and understands his place in society.  Amir is the son of a wealthy merchant who is generous and giving to all it would seem, except his son.  The one who needs it most.  During their adolescence, something happens to change the boys’ lives forever and Amir finds himself so haunted by guilt he’s unable to carry on as before.

Many years later when Amir returns to his ravaged homeland to visit an old friend, he’s given the opportunity to make a difference.  Since the Taliban took over his country, many things have changed and the war-torn environment is really more than he can take.  The trip becomes a test of his strength and resolve and the possibility of redemption.

The Kite Runner is about the price of betrayal as well as loyalty.  It’s a reminder that some childhood choices affect our adult lives, and if we’re lucky enough, we might get the chance to finally do what’s right.

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