The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Monday 4 June 2007
by  Thomas ;-)
popularity : 2%

Set in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, "The Kite Runner" is an exhilarating, unforgettable and gripping novel. As Isabel Allende said, "For a long time after, everything I read seemed bland."

Amir, the hero of the novel, is a twelve-year-old boy who lives in "the most beautiful house in the Wazir Akbar Khan district." Alongside Hassan, his friend and servant, he resolves to win the kite-fighting competition to gain his father’s approval and show that he is a ’man’. Though they go on to win the competition, disaster strikes Hassan and forcing Amir to betray his friend and fend for himself. Amir knows that their friendship will never be the same again. Furthermore the Russians have invaded and Amir is forced to flee with his father to America. Several years later Amir hears of another disaster which occurred to Hassan and he, though now a grown-up, finds himself back in Afghanistan attempting finally to put things right...

A breathtaking, educational novel which I remained glued to. Hosseini’s description makes it seem as though we witness the dramas. A must read for teenagers and adults who are prepared to do little else until they’ve finished the novel.