Author- Khaled hosseini
Genre- Historical fiction/Drama
For you, a thousand times over…
Plot- The novel begins with, Amir, the son of a wealthy Sunni Pashtun businessman, is approaching manhood. His peer, friend and servant, Hassan, belongs to the socially inferior group of Shia Hazaras, setting the stage for tensions that remain central to the story. Amir, Hassan, and their fathers live together in a well-off neighborhood of Kabul. The Hazaras act as servants to their Pashtun superiors, but are also part of the family, clashing with the social norm.
Amir’s father, affectionately dubbed “Baba,” treats Hassan as a second son and Amir is torn between feelings of awe and hatred for his noble father. Similarly, his conflicting jealousy and admiration of Hasan constantly put their “friendship” on edge — Hassan’s righteousness being the single factor that holds the relationship together. The author describes the household’s complicated family dynamics vividly.
When Afghanistan’s king is overthrown, things begin to change. One day, Amir and Hassan are playing when they run into three boys, Assef, Wali, and Kamal. Assef threatens to beat up Amir for hanging around with a Hazara, but Hassan uses his slingshot to stop Assef. The story skips to winter, when the kite-fighting tournament occurs. Boys cover their kite strings in glass and battle to see who can sever the string of the opposing kite. When a kite loses, boys chase and retrieve it, called kite running. When Amir wins the tournament, Hassan sets off to run the losing kite. Amir looks for him and finds Hassan trapped at the end of an alley, pinned with his pants down. Wali and Kamal hold him, and Assef rapes him. Amir runs away, and when Hassan appears with the kite, Amir pretends he doesn’t know what happened. Afterward, Amir and Hassan drift apart. Amir, who is racked by guilt, decides either he or Hassan must leave. He stuffs money and a watch under Hassan’s pillow and tells Baba that Hassan stole it. When Baba confronts them, Hassan admits to it, though he didn’t do it. Shortly after, Ali and Hassan move away. The story jumps to March 1981. Baba and Amir are in the back of a truck as they escape from Kabul, which was invaded by the Soviets and has become a war-zone. After a hellish journey, they make it to Pakistan. Two years later, Baba and Amir live in Fremont, California. After this event on of close friend of Amir’s father Rahim khan called him & tell him the truth that Amir’s father hide from him. Hassan was Amir’s brother, after hearing this Amir found himself in deep regret about the wrong he had done with Hassan. Rahim khan told him that Hassan & his wife Farzana died by hands of Taliban & their son Sohrab become orphan, still stuck in war zone. Amir decide to went Kabul in war zone to bring Sohrab back.
Review- I fall in love with this book. It was wonderful read for me. This is amazingly peened story plote in Afghanistan.Best bit about the kite runner is its sense of fate and justice, of good overcoming evil in the end, despite all odds. Without giving away the ending, Amir ends up back in Afghanistan and makes a very different set of sacrifices in order to set things straight. The final chapter of the book is perhaps my favourite. Personally I feel that it offers a small sense of hope for both the future of its characters. The book takes on a broad theme, of life and love, brotherhood and courage – or the lack thereof. It begins in Afghanistan’s relatively liberal monarchy of the 1970s, briefly before a military coup and the Russian invasion would forever change the landscape of the once beautiful Kabul. While political developments initially remain in the backdrop, cultural issues of pre-war Afghanistan are presented up close and personal.
The Kite Runner looks at how the main character, Amir, deals with a secret in his past and how that secret shaped who he became. It tells of Amir’s childhood friendship with Hassan, his relationship with his father and growing up in a privileged place in society. I was drawn in by Amir’s voice. I sympathized with him, cheered for him and felt angry with him at different points. Similarly, I became attached to Hassan and his father. The characters became real to me, and it was difficult for me to put the book down and leave their world.
I highly recommend this book.
There is a movie also from this novel by same name. Which I don’t watch yet. I’m looking forward to watch it & I’m sure it is going to be amazing.
So, This is my view for this novel. Tell me about your thoughts & experience regarding this novel in comments below.
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