The kite runner, written by Khaled Hosseini, has tugged the heartstrings of people from all over the world. First published in 2003 by Riverhead books, it tells the story of Amir, a young boy living in Afghanistan, and his relationships with his father, his servant and his servant’s son. According to Mr. Hosseini, the kite runner is a description of the father-son relation and familial relations during that period in Afghanistan.
The kite runner takes you through a roller coaster ride of the life of a young afghan boy, and his struggles to bond with his father. It also provides the reader with a heart wrenching description of a friendship, or rather a brotherhood, between Amir, and Hassan, the son of Amir’s Hazara (a type of Shia Muslims) servant. The book spans over the peaceful years of Afghanistan, before the Soviet invasion, and it then takes us to the turmoil of war torn Afghanistan. It describes the toll that the war has taken over a country which wasn’t prosperous to begin with. Hosseini has expertly portrayed the living hell that Afghanistan had become during those years because of the actions of the Taliban, the soviets, and the government forces. He has managed to make Afghanistan real, and not just a place that one reads about. He has managed to conjure sympathy in the hearts of even the coldest of people. He has made the struggles of the Afghani people during these difficult years, and it makes the reader want to help those people in any way possible.
While reading the kite runner, the reader feels as if he has been transported to the Amir, and Hassan’s world. It makes you feel as if you are there, right beside them when they are running up the hill, or when they are flying and running kites. It makes you feel as if you are there when Amir witnesses the event which changes everything. The book makes you root for Amir when he is trying to be accepted by his father.
Kite runner, is a masterpiece, and the masterful strokes of Hosseini make your heart bleed on every tragedy, it makes your stomach clench during the twists of the book. Whenever Ali tries to bond with his father, Hosseini makes sure, that you root for him. He makes sure that you feel for the people suffering from the torture that their everyday life has become. It makes you want to contribute, even in the smallest way possible towards helping Afghanistan and its people rise from their struggles.
The kite runner is a must read for book lovers who are capable of understanding the situations in countries like Afghanistan. Although, the reader should be careful, and should keep a box of tissues handy because Hosseini will not shy away from pulling any string in your heart to make you understand the story of Amir and Hassan, one a kite flier, and the other a kite runner.