My rating: 4 of 5 stars
So far 'The Kite Runner' was the best book written by Khaled Hosseini. He is such a classy story letter. His writing has always bawled away my mind.
I loved reading this book even more than I enjoyed his earlier two books, Thousand Splendid Suns and And The Mountains Echoed.
The Kite Runner is the story of two characters, Amir and Hassan, set in Afghanistan.
Amir and Hassan are best friends and two inseparable souls. Amir is the only legal heir of Agha Sahab whereas Hassan is the son of Ali, their oldest and faithful servant.
Hassan lives in the backyard of Amir's residence.
Both of them have fed from the same woman, as their mothers had passed away.
Amir and Hassan play together and run for kites. Though Hassan was illiterate, Shia, Hazara, Amir always found the best companion in him and would read out stories for him ;sometimes stories were real and some he maked up, but Hassan enjoyed every story. Amir aspired to be a writer and he became one.
Hassan can sacrifice his life for Amir and can do anything for him a thousand times over but Amir found himself weak for doing that.
Both of them read stories while sitting under the shades of the Pomegranate tree and watch till the sun set in.
A kite tournament brought tremendous twists and turns changing their lives altogether. An unfortunate event takes place with Hassan but Amir could not help him, he did not have the courage to help him. Circumstances make Hassan and his father depart from Agha Sahab's residence and move out to another village. Hence, Amir and Hassan become separated.
After a sudden turmoil takes place in Afghanistan, Amir and his father shift to the U.S. where they continue with their lives. Amir meets Soraya, the love of life, and both of them eventually tie the knot.
After so many years, Amir gets a call from Rahim Khan, one of the oldest and closest friend of his father from Afghanistan. He requests Amir to pay a visit to Afghanistan.
On his request, Amir flies to his homeland and is flabbergasted after seeing the current situation of that place. It was not the same country where he and Hassan grew up together. Everything was devastated since the Taliban had stepped into the country.
After meeting with Rahim Kkhan, lots of untold truths and secrets came out which makes life more miserable for Amir.
There was only one chance left for him to repent for his earlier mistakes and take out the guilt that had been residing in him for so many years. He decides to grab the last chance so that he can prove his loyalty towards his best friend, Hassan.
Each and every chapter was intriguing and I was so much engrossed while reading this book that it kept me longing for it till I finished at last.
I would really like to meet Mr. Khaled Hosseini one day and ask him how does he manage to bring out such lively tragic stories out of his mind?
All in all, it is the best book that I've read in a long while.
Sara Naveed :)
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