The Kite Runner Review
The Kite Runner is a story of friendship and growing up. The story was written by Khaled Hosseini, an Afghani, New York Times Best Selling author. Hosseini was born in Kabul on March 4th, 1965. Throughout his childhood Hosseini lived in Afghanistan, Iran, and France. In the late 1970s he and his family moved to San Jose, California. Hosseini earned his bachelors degree in biology in 1988 from Santa Clara University. At the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine he earned his M.D. in 1993 and completed his residency in internal medicine at Cedars- Sinai Medical Center in 1996. He practiced medicine until a year and a half after The Kite Runner’s 2003 release. The Kite Runner focuses on Amir, a wealthy Pastun boy and Hassan, the son of Amir’s father’s servant. Amir is often jealous of Hassan and Baba’s, Amir’s father, relationship. When Hassan pays a terrible price for who he is and Amir does not stand up for him Amir is haunted by the guilt of betraying Hassan as boys well into his adulthood.
The Kite Runner was a fantastic book and I really enjoyed reading it. There were a number of different things that made the book so appealing. One, is the surprising twists and turns the plot took throughout the novel. It was a very personal story but it was also connected with the political side of that era. The character of Amir was very different from most main characters in books like this. In a way The Kite Runner is a bildungsroman, a coming of age story. Amir is very insecure and jealous of Hassan’s relationship with his father, who is his role model. Although he is unaware of this, Hassan brought most of these qualities out of Amir. Hassan is very loyal, selfless and naïve. He is completely ignorant about the fact that Baba is extremely fond of him and this of course infuriates Amir greatly.
Although The Kite Runner was a great book, however, it, like so many other powerful books had its flaws. The beginning of the book was very slow, seeming to introduce different topics over and over. While some of the plot twists were very good for the overall book some seemed a little bit too unbelievable. Some of the sudden change of direction in the plot seemed somewhat strange and artificial. However the book was overall very good so there isn’t too much to complain about.
The Kite Runner is highly recommended by many newspapers, magazines and websites. The book was definitely worth reading and was very enjoyable. Even despite its few weak points it was always worth it to keep reading because more of the book was very strong than it was weak. Anyone who enjoys history, bildungsroman stories, and tales of personal struggles is sure to love this book.