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Book Review: The Kite Runner

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It tells the tale of two boys growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan. While both of them share the same wet-nurse, they are from different social classes. Amir, the narrator, is the son of a wealthy and important man. Hassan, on the other hand, belongs to a shunned ethnic minority known as the Hazara and is the son of a servant. Eventually, their lives together reflect the tragedies that come to Afghanistan. After a horrible incident fractures Amir and Hassan’s friendship, the Soviets invade Afghanistan and Amir goes to America with his father. However, Amir soon finds that he can’t forget Hassan so easily.

One of the notable things about this book was its honest insight into Afghanistan and its people. The author, who is Afghan himself, displayed the Afghan culture with a little language and a good bit of customs. For instance, Tashakor, which means Thank You in Farsi. A memorable custom from the novel is the traditional Afghan proposal and wedding.

Of course, there is violence, killing, and rape in this book. While it may seem like things you hear on the news, it is more than that. This book goes into some of the events that led to today’s ongoing bloodshed. Most importantly, it shows how innocent people suffered physically, mentally, and emotionally. Moreover, it shows how small things such as storytelling and kite flying can help you heal. From past to present, Afghanistan to America, The Kite Runner is a raw and powerful historical fiction read.

Written by Serena Zola

March 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

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  1. Sounds like a real interesting read going into the simple life of the people.

    Terisa Nelson

    April 7, 2012 at 10:02 PM

  2. This certainly sounds like a heavy going, but highly interesting read. Great review, you’ve got me interested. Would you say you need a reasonable amount of background knowledge on Afghanistan to understand the book?


    March 30, 2012 at 1:43 PM

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