Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini's 'The Kite Runner' is mesmerizing. I highly recommend that you take the two days to read it. The book is about 375 pages in length, but once you are past the first two chapters, you will not be able to put the book down.

This semi-fiction novel chronicles the life of Amir who is born in 1970s Kabul at a time of wealth and development. Amir has an odd friendship with his servant, Hassan (of the same age), and a less than pleasent relationship with his father; a highly respected man and a rather bold character. The events that tear Amir and Hassan apart are quite devastating and follow Amir all the way to California where he starts a new life post-Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan.

The second half of the novel is literary genius. Basic human instinct and minority cultural quirks combine with the complex realities of life and the fears and challenges that drill down towards one's true character. The Kite Runner is an hommage to fathers & sons, courage & fear, and to the fundamental personhood that binds us together. This novel is not your run-of-the-mill, patriarchal, chauvenestic, mice & men story. It is so much more...

**image courtesy of http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Books/Pix/covers/2004/12/16/kite_runner.jpg

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

this is one of my favourites too - i couldn't put it down! ^__^ it almost made me cry... almost. =P

Anonymous said...

My favourite book...can't wait to see the movie! :D

My name is Rahul Mediratta. said...

they're making a play ouf this book, actually. it premieres February 26th, 2007 at the San Jose University Theatre.

Anonymous said...

omg...i'm obsessed with this book!!! i'm impressed!!

Anonymous said...

I loved the book too! I finished it in one day over the holidays, it was SO GOOD...definitely on my favorites list =).

black feline said...

the book strikes a chord...in many aspects...especially on redemption and relationships...not ashamed to admit...broke down several times in the still of the night...

Anonymous said...

its a great book and so is god of small things ..

My name is Rahul Mediratta. said...

the book strikes a chord...in many aspects...especially on redemption and relationships...not ashamed to admit...broke down several times in the still of the night...

Hi Black Feline,

thanks for your comment. The Kite Runner definitely strikes a chord on the most primal human elements of powerlessness, shame, and redemption. I also broke down while reading this book. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts...

Mariam the turtle said...

Your right on all accounts. This is an amazing book. Looking forward to "Suns"!! I wish I had the gift of storytelling like Mr. Hosseini.

Anonymous said...

thanks for recommending this book to me, i love it! can't wait to read on and find out what happens next! great review by the way :]

My name is Rahul Mediratta. said...

im glad you like it :) facebook message me and reveal who you are!!