“Powerful…Haunting.” – The New York Times Book Review
“Riveting…Unforgettable.” – Newsday
“Striking… Irresistible.” – Kirkus Reviews
The Kite Runner has made many readers forget themselves while flipping through numerous pages of magnificent writing. The Kite Runner is a story that takes place in Kabul, Afghanistan from 1963 to 1981. The protagonist of the story is a young man named Amir. Amir could be described with a whole page of writing, but I will describe him with these words: sensitive and intelligent. A talented writer and storyteller.
Within novels live characters with unique personalities. One trait that always darkens the good ones is the fact that Amir, more than anything, craves his father’s attention. He sees his best friend Hassan as some sort of ‘threat’ when it comes to his relationship with his father. There are quite a few examples of Amir craving his father’s attention. For example at the very beginning of the book: “Baba took me to Ghargha Lake, a few miles north of Kabul. He asked me to fetch Hassan too but I lied and told him Hassan had the runs. I wanted Baba all to myself. And besides, one time in Ghargha Lake, Hassan and I were skimming stones and Hassan made his stone skip eight times. The most I managed was five. Baba was there, watching, and he patted Hassan on the back. Even put his arm around his shoulder.”
Amir is the brave one of the two friends and always tells Hassan stories about his father and his family. He becomes quiet famous for these tails. Hassan listens, eyes wide, ears sharpened. They truly are the best of friends.
Back, when Amir was still running around with dirty pants and scraped knees, there was a moment; ever since he’s been trying his hardest to forget it and move on with his life. This moment was when everything started. That moment was the turning point in his life. His “unatoned sins”, as they are described in the novel’s opening chapter, have plagued his conscience and cast an oppressive shadow over...