It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons their love, their sacrifices, their lies.A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one of a kind classic. Check out of my reviews at www.bookaddicthaven.com The Kite Runner had been sitting on my TBR list for years I kept putting it off because while I was sure that it would be a fantastic book, it isn t the type of smutty romance that I usually read I knew that I d have to be in the right kind of mood to read it Finally, I found myself wanting to read something a little different to break me out of a reading rut and I downloaded the Audible version of The Kite Runner and started listening.As expected, this book was nothing like my usual love stories This book is the type of book that makes you think about your life and reevaluate your values and what you think you know It is the type of book that makes you question what you d do in a given situation if the tables were turned If you re like me, and have always been blessed to live in a country where you ve never experienced the brutality and terror of warfare firsthand, this book serves as a reminder of how lucky you truly are As a woman, and a mother of two daughters, I cannot begin to express how grateful I am that I was born in a country where women are treated as equals Sure, there are still some inequalities However, when I think of how women are treated in many other regions of the world, I am incredibly thankful to have the freedoms that I do I won t rehash this story, because it s been done a million times already and I don t think there s anything I could say that hasn t been said already However, I will say that this was a wonderful book It was grim, brutal and depressing, but also beautiful at times It was emotional and infuriating, but you can t say that you didn t feel while reading this one I experienced a full range of emotions In the end, it grounded me and put all of my petty gripes into perspective We all need to be reminded of how blessed we are at times I highly recommend this book to anyone that is looking for an emotional and enlightening story. In 2012, when I was Mathematics teacher at a private high school in Iran, I had an Afghan student in my class Sometimes, I discussed with my students about literature, and I told them of novels and poem I found it very strange that my students had no interest in literature and even sometimes looked with hostility to this discussion Days passed and much time was left to the end of school year One day I saw Ali, Afghan student, came to me and had a booklet in his hand and I saw in his eyes several times as if he wanted to say something, but he was quiet I waited for a little, and after a few moments, I began to speak He smiled, and with a special Afghan accent, he said I have written a story, sir and became quiet again I said it s excellent , and I asked, do you read books Yes, sir, he replied I asked, what kind of books do you like Mark Twain and John Steinbeck and Jules Verne, he answered I asked what you have written He replied I wrote a story about a 13 years old Afghan boy who immigrated to Iran I got his booklet, and I read it in a week It was a dark story A week later, we discussed again after class Ali invited me to go his house at night for reading books I was pleased, and I greeted this plan When night arrived, I took the kite runner and went to Ali s home When I entered the house, I saw a house with mud walls that has no rooms, except a small hull that there was a table in the middle of it and almost nine children were dining Of clothes of Ali s father, it was obvious that he was a building worker and he welcomed me very sincerely I thanked him, and I went to the storehouse in the corner of the yard that Ali had made it, a place to be alone Ali took the book and with incredible passion began to read This process was repeated almost every night for a week, and we have read half of the Kite Runner Among pages of the book, Ali informed me about Afghanistan, explained of how twenty people, entered Iran with a small car, illegally and secretly Of how his classmates ridiculed him because of his Afghan accent, of how he was forced to work in a brick burner factory all days after the school, of how his dad has forced him to marry at the age of 13 in the summer Then Ali proceeded to speak that he wants to be a writer and prizes the Nobel award I saw in his room that he had Ferdowsi, Omar Khayyam, Hafiz and Rumi s book poem When I looked at his face, I saw an unusual man who was ahead of his time and situation Ali said, because Afghans have been banned of the registration in public schools in Tehran, he is forced to register in a private school, and now he and his mother must work hard to pay school charges.The next week, I went to class, but I didn t see Ali When I asked the guys about him, they replied that because his father hadn t citizenship card and passport, he was arrested, and all of them have deported to Afghanistan I was agitated that I couldn t continue reading Kite Runner never Even I felt so depressed and sad when I saw the book in bookstores Until this spring, after three years, I got a message in WhatsApp messenger from Ali, that congratulated teachers day to me He was written that he married to a girl who was in love with her and they have a two months old girl baby He was written he is working at a bookstore in Kabul and he has read almost thousand books in three years He was written they have the 4G Internet in Kabul and I replied him, it s supposed to we have 4G in Tehran as well, soon When I received the message, I could reread the Kite Runner It was a great book, especially for me, recall nostalgia of tired immigrants and unfavorable circumstances 1391 , For you, a thousand times over Children aren t coloring books You don t get to fill them with your favorite colors attention shifted to him like sunflowers turning to the sun But even when he wasn t around, he was When you kill a man, you steal a life You steal a wife s right to a husband, rob his children of a father 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 wretched than stealing she had a voice that made me think of warm milk and honey My heart stuttered at the thought of her and I would walk by, pretending not to know her, but dying to It turned out that, like satan, cancer had many names Every woman needed a husband, even if he did silence the song in her The first time I saw the Pacific, I almost cried Proud His eyes gleamed when he said that and I liked being on the receiving end of that look Make morning into a key and throw it into the well,Go slowly, my lovely moon, go slowly.Let the morning sun forget to rise in the East,Go slowly, lovely moon, go slowly Men are easy, a man s plumbing is like his mind simple, very few surprises You ladies, on the other hand well, God put a lot of thought into making you All my life, I d been around men That night, I discovered the tenderness of a woman And I could almost feel the emptiness in her womb, like it was a living, breathing thing It had seeped into our marriage, that emptiness, into our laughs, and our lovemaking And late at night, in the darkness of our room, I d feel it rising from her and settling between us Sleeping between us Like a newborn child America was a river, roaring along unmindful of the past I could wade into this river, let my sins drown to the bottom, let the waters carry me someplace far Someplace with no ghosts, no memories, and no sins If for nothing else, for that I embraced America and every day I thank God that I am alive, not because I fear death, but because my wife has a husband and my son is not an orphan lifting him from the certainty of turmoil and dropping him in a turmoil of uncertainty sometimes the dead are luckier He walked like he was afraid to leave behind footprints He moved as if not to stir the air around him and when she locked her arms around my neck, when I smelled apples in her hair, I realized how much I had missed her You re still the morning sun to me I whispered there is a God, there always has been I see him here, in the eys of the people in this hospital corridor of desperation This is the real house of God, this is where those who have lost God will find Him there is a God, there has to be, and now I will pray, I will pray that He will forgive that I have neglected Him all of these years, forgive that I have betrayed, lied, and sinned with impunity only to turn to Him now in my hour of need I pray that He is as merciful, benevolent, and gracious as His book says He is. Due to the large number of negative comments I ve received, including death wishes, I ve added the following request Please do not take this review or yourself too seriously when reading it I became what I am today at the age of twenty nine, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 2008 What I am about to tell you about what I became is going to be very shocking It is going to manipulate your emotions It may include some random words in my native language for no reason whatsoever It will teach you unnecessary things about my culture It will not be smarter than a fifth grader And it will include as many cliches and as much foreshadowing as is humanly possible You are going to be shocked I, for one, never saw it coming So I doubt you will Get ready Aren t you so ready to be shocked You re never going to see this coming.What comes next is the big revelation, so get ready Wait, I need to ask you something first Did you know that the Irish like potatoes Yeah, we really enjoy them And alcohol too It s pretty great Erin Go Bragh This means Ireland Forever Unfortunately, you will be very sad to know that my father just died due to an Irish car bomb Well, about 15 of them to be exact All on an empty stomach It makes me sad and you should feel sad too, kind reader.Ok, on to the big reveal Here it is On that frigid overcast day, which happened to be the day that I decided to quit reading The Kite Runner, I became a book snob Because The Kite Runner is adored by most people who read it, I am forced to conclude that most people need to read A whole lot You should be embarrassed if you like this book Seriously The moment I became a book snob shortly after The Scene , I became so embarrassed to be seen reading it that I accused the guy sitting next to me on the subway of putting the book on my lap while I wasn t paying attention How dare you, sir Have you no decency I exclaimed excitedly in my native language Then I noticed a monkey on the platform waiting to board a train I quickly hopped off my train, ran to him, handed him the book, and said Top O the Mornin to ya Enjoy Later that day, I saw that monkey flying a kite in front of the Washington Monument I noticed that the glass string wasn t making his hands bloody Do you know why He was wearing gloves Please note that I have absolutely no appreciation for life and reality Bart Bondeson, who claims to be a better person for having read this book, suggested that I make this clarification to my review Thanks for the suggestion, Bart Hopefully that clears things up for those who were wondering.
- 371 pages
- The Kite Runner
- Khaled Hosseini
- 08 April 2018 Khaled Hosseini