Hello everyone! I hope your days in quarantine have been going well. I already apologize for my inactivity these last few months. Unfortunately, I really didn’t have any chance to read anything except for my required school reads but luckily, these times are over now (!) and I can finally get back to reducing my tbr pile and continuing with this year’s reading challenge. The Kite Runner had been sitting on my to-read shelf for a while now, so I picked it up, slowly reading bits and bits until I finally finished it a few days ago being totally speechless and in awe. So, today is the day I’ll explain why that’s the case and to maybe encourage you to pick up The Kite Runner yourself – just in case it has been sitting on your tbr shelf for a while too.
published May 2004
genre: historical fiction, contemporary
the kite runner on goodreads ( •⌄• ू )✧
my rating: ★★★★★
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.
The Kite Runner …
is an #ownvoices novel.
Most of the book is set in Kabul, Afghanistan introducing Afghan culture in a “reader-friendly” way. One does not drown in new information but instead Khaled Hosseini reveals parts of it, step by step, by e.g. adding words, traditions, places and customs. You won’t find sugarcoating in this novel but instead you’ll be confronted with harsh realities and autobiographical touches. Furthermore, I really liked the author’s writing style although it was simple at times but never unable to show the characters’ emotions. And, the way this book is divided into different time lines allows Khaled Hosseini to bring in the dates that changed Afghanistan and just as Amir changes mentally because he grows up the country does so too. This way the novel is really informative too and shows a perspective that is usually not looked at in the media.
is a roller coaster of emotions (in a good kind of way).
“Sad stories make good books”
The Kite Runner is definitely a cry-worthy book but it is not only a sad book. I found myself both having to smile at scenes of the main characters, Amir and Hassan, just having fun and sitting on the edge of my seat when things began to become more and more serious. Usually I am not a very emotional person when it comes to reading but this time I really did have to fight back the tears without wantig to say at which part,
that would be a spoiler. Life has its ups and downs and so has this novel. That’s what make it so real and interesting to read. So, prepare yourself for this ride of emotions.
is beautiful in its scenery.
While I have not seen the movie adaption of The Kite Runner
(and probably never will because I don’t think it could top the book) I have a good idea of what the places described in this book look like thanks to the author’s descriptive writing style. Usually, I tend to be a more sceptic about writing styles which are too descriptive wanting to show every little detail of a room or place leading to a bored reader who skips passages or even pages. You don’t have that kind of problem with this book because the writing style never exaggerates with descriptions. The pomegranate tree Amir and Hassan sit under? The enormous house the whole family lives in? The kite tournament with people cheering from theri balconies? The streets of Kabul? Everything becomes vivid and open to individual imagination and I liked this aspect very much.
explores various themes in a remarkable way.
“A part of me was hoping someone would wake up and hear, so I wouldn’t have to live with this lie anymore. But no one woke up and in the silence that followed, I understood the nature of my new curse: I was going to get away with it.”
Just as many others before me, I do agree on the fact that The Kite Runner is a book about redemption but it is also a book which features many more themes. Courage, fear, silence, friendship, family, love, pride – just to name a few. It also features themes such as war, abuse, gender issues and violence. Considering the variety of themes it’s no wonder that when I was scrolling through the reviews on goodreads myself I saw a lot of people who had to read this novel in school. Here you really have the full pallet with Khaled Hosseini as an amazing story teller.
is a story you will not forget.
Every story has a message – or at least that’s what people say. With The Kite Runner I don’t think you only have one message but several, depending on how you interpret the story and especially the ending (no spoilers at this point of course!). And, I am sure that once one has finished the novel there is going to be some sort of message for everyone, doesn’t matter if that’s new info, a history lesson or something more personal. There’s especially one quote I’ll not forget even if it may sound really simple and meaningless to those who have not read the book but these few words are so meaningful that once you have read the book it will either make you grin, cry or both;
“For you, a thousand times over”
What’s still left for me to say other than that The Kite Runner has obviously become one of my favourite books of all time and one I’ll recommend to everyone?