The Kite Runner
By Khaled Hosseini
I have been itching to read this book ever since it came out.
Years ago, I read an inspiring interview about Khaled Hosseini and his childhood memories of Afghanistan. It invoked in me a desire to revisit my own childhood memories, even though they are worlds apart.
The novel is set in Afghanistan, then later in America, focusing on the lives of two boys and an event that changes their lives forever.
I don’t know anything about Afghanistan, save what I hear and read in the news – wars, political turmoil, hardship. But this story was amazing in that it opened up this new world to me; that I could see the fairy lights sparkling in the trees, set against the rocky hills, like in a scene of a movie; I could hear the rocks and snow crunching beneath boots, echoing off empty walls in the streets; and I could smell fresh the naan breads and spices wafting through the air in the markets.
The story is very well written. Very easy to read. No dull bits, there’s something happening and engaging in every chapter. All the characters were suitably developed and straightforward, which made the narrative easy to follow.
It deals with issues like friendship, betrayal, a father and son relationship, unravelling of a secret past deed… but I didn’t find it too emotionally “heavy”.
I was captivated the whole way through. I read it in 3 days! An excellent read!