REVIEW: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


Publish Date: 2003 

Source: Charity Shop

Pages: 371

Goodreads Average Rating: 4.23

My Rating: 85%


Synopsis: 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.


I’ve had this book for almost two years and honestly I’ve been putting off reading it because it was daunting to me. It was set in a country I have no connection to and know very little about so I was worried I wouldn’t understand it. However I really wish I hadn’t put it off for so long because the setting was so vividly written that it was actually really interesting to read about a country I have never learnt about it such accessible and reliable detail (because the author himself grew up in the same town this book is set.)

It wasn’t hard to understand although when the book delved deeper into the political disputes taking place in Afghanistan I did kind of get lost. That part for me wasn’t explained enough and I feel like the author did assume that the reader would already know what happened there in the 1980’s. However I do also appreciate that this book wasn’t fact heavy (or it would have started sounding like a text book.) I didn’t actually get confused I just felt like I lost some of the impact because I didn’t know what actually happened but it’s my own fault I don’t know much about Afghanistan’s history, I just wish he had explained a little more why it was so unsafe. 

I was quite surprised by how hard hitting this book was, although I did go into this only knowing it was set in Afghanistan. This book had events that were very disturbing to read and while it was difficult to read I’m glad the Khaled Hosseini included them because it shows just how bad things were/are there. 

The title is one of those ones where when you make the connection to the story you kind of want to cry. I felt a pang in my heart and I actually loved this book and the author all the more for it. This book is about family, dreams, regrets and redemption. So good. I recommend you read it.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx


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