Friday, January 9, 2009

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is set in Afghanistan and tells of a friendship between two boys, Amir and Hassan.

Amir is the son of a wealthy business man. He wants for nothing, except the praise and acceptance from his father; and Hassan is the son of Amir's servant. He is a Hazara (a shunned ethnic minority) and wants for nothing but the friendship between Amir and himself.

Amir witnesses an event during the local Kite Runner tournament that changes his life forever and the life of his friend, Hassan.

During the Soviet's invasion of Afghanistan Amir and his father flee the country they love and start a new life in the USA. In his new life Amir feels that he has escaped the sins of the past but still his mind cannot forget Hassan.

One day Amir receives a phone call from his past that convinces him to return to his homeland where he goes about trying to correct the sins of his past.

This novel deserves it's place on the Top 100 books to read. While it deals with, at times, upsetting topics it is ultimately about friendship, betrayal, loyalty, sacrifice, redemption and the relationship between father and son.

I'm giving this book 4 1/2 stars

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