Kite Runner, The
I am a Pakistani who got chances to make some Afghani friends,later they went back to their home country so we are no more in touch,what I mean to say is that I am familiar with their culture and traditions,also most of the words used are also used in Urdu so I didn't have to consult the notes.In short,it was an easier read for me.
I immensely enjoyed reading this novel,if "enjoy" is even the right word,i don't know!Because I also cried a lot.
I liked many things about this book,one of those is it's quotable quotes.
“there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. When you kill a man, you steal a life... you steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a ather. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness... there is no act more wretched than stealing.”
Why this novel became one of my favorites,and why I feel like reading this book made a difference,
* The overall story,
* Amir's gray character,
* Baba's interesting character,
* Hassan's lovable character,
* Writing style,
* Historical background,
* Emphasis on ethics,
I recommend it to everyone!
This book was a real eye-opener. As a child growing up in the post 9/11 world, I had only ever thought of Afghanistan and the rest of the Middle East as sandy deserts, already ravaged by the years and years of war. The Kite Runner made Afghanistan beautiful, some place you could be homesick for. This book made me see that the Middle East had a culture that was not just religion and war. Reading it was a turning point in many of my (family-influenced) political opinions; it huamanized the people of that region and immigrants. I would definitely recommend that everyone read this book.
Without giving too much away, I will just say that I was enlightened and appalled by this book. I couldn't believe some of the events that occurred in the story. No, I take that back, I could believe them, but I didn't want to.
The Kite Runner tells the story of Amir, and his relationships from childhood to adulthood, focusing mainly on his father, Baba, and their servants, Ali and his son Hassan. Amir describes the prejudice that ran rampant in Afghanistan in the 70's - and still does, apparently. He tells the story of not only the loss of his childhood, but the loss of his country as well.
I think that's all that I will write. Just read this book.
Frequently on banned and challenged book lists, the Kite Runner is filled with violence, sexual situations, and extremely unlikeable characters. It's not a happy book. It's the story of an flawed, privileged boy growing up in pre-war Afghanistan who searches for forgiveness and redemption for the mistakes made in his youth. Some scenes were extremely difficult to read. Some scenes made me sad for the characters. Some scenes left me indigent to the violence in the world--the stadium scene specifically. It's a story about how secrets can shape our lives, and it's a story about relationships.
If you can't take dangerous, violent situations involving children, give this one a pass. You will not be uplifted by the end, but I think it's worth reading. Just be sure to have something funny and sweet ready to read immediately after you are done to restore your faith in humanity. Maybe a good Dave Barry book, or The Princess Bride.