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April 11, 2020

My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Bloomsbury 
Genre - Fiction
Publishing year - 2003
Language - English 
ISBN - 978-1-4088-5025-1
Pages - 343

My Review - 
The generation of Afghan children whose ears would know nothing but the sound of bombs and gunfire was not yet born. 

If somebody asks me to describe this book in a single word, it would be Ironic. The Kite Runner is my first read of Khaled Hosseini. It is the story of two boys, Amir and Hassan, based in Afghanistan. They grew up together, but an incident after the kite tournament changes the dynamic of their relationship. 

Amir's father is a well-known and respected man in Kabul. He always stood up against the wrong, but his son lacks this quality. Whenever someone troubles Amir, he does nothing. It was Hassan who stood for him and fought Amir's battles. Hassan considered him his best friend, but he was just the son of a servant for Amir. When he needed Amir's help the most, he turned his back. The guilt stayed in his heart for the rest of his life. 

Soon, things started to change politically in Afghanistan, and Amir and his father fled to America. They both miss the time spent with Hassan, his father Ali, and Rahim Khan, but they are acquainted with their new life shortly. Amir married Soraya and lived a good life. But a phone call from Pakistan changes his life forever. It was Rahim Khan who was dying and wanted to meet him. Amir knows in his heart that it is a bad idea to go there, but he still proceeds and discovers the truth about Hassan and his family. 

He travels to Kabul to settle some old debts and seek redemption. The trip alters his life forever. Everything he knew about his motherland had changed now. People lost humanity and hope. The gruesome murders and corruption are the new reality of Afghanistan. In the midst, Amir tries to do some good for the sake of his lost friend Hassan. So that he can earn some dignity and self-respect, which he has always lacked. 

Khaled Hosseini wrote an artistic but melancholic tale. One can feel the pain of Hassan and all the other boys who go through debasement. This book left a long, sadistic impact on me. The language is lucid, and the narrative is smooth. The story has genuine and wicked people, and when you read about them, it will break and melt your heart. I highly recommend this book. 

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