Stokely Stennett Stennett itibaren Kajikot, Punjab 143401, Hindistan
The Kite Runner is a fictional tale based on the true events of an Afghan man "Amir," which spans the majority of his life. The book begins with Amir as a child living in a well off family. His father, referred to as "Baba," is a successful man with many connections. As a child Amir is exposed to the politics and culture of Afghanistan where he learns the intricacies of everyday life. At a young age his world revolves around kite battles, winning his fathers approval, and his best friend (and house servant) "Hassan." Throughout the story Amir is torn between trying to be who his father wants him to be, which is a strong willed man who adheres to tradition, or the complacent writer he feels he is called to be. His relationship with Hassan also goes through many twists and turns as they go from childhood best friends to so much more. However; as he grows up, all of these things blur together in ways he could never have imagined. Early in the story Hassan and his father are forced to leave Baba’s home where they had been employed for years due to overwhelming feelings of guilt and then treachery by Amir. The story goes through the ever changing political climate in Afghanistan; IE, invasion of Russia and takeover of the Taliban. Amir and his father flee Afghanistan and move to the United States, where Baba is reduced to selling goods at a flea market. Upon Baba’s death Amir must choose to live with the image his father had made for him or mature into the true Afghan is father always wanted him to be. Amir is a complicated character that captures you, constantly leaving you wondering why. He is also wrought with internal conflict which he attempts to dust away, but must eventually overcome as he tries to find himself in this view changing novel. Amir struggles with feelings of guilt throughout this novel. That guilt forged his life and led him down a path that defined him as a man. He has to make some major decisions in the later parts of the novel which are his attempt to rectify the errors he made earlier in life. Basically, Amir is a good man, but was shaped by cultural differences and his inability to deal with life changing events as a child. Overall the book is masterfully written. Khaled Hosseini leaves no detail untouched. He is able to implant you into every situation leaving you with the same tear stained shirts and joyous outcries as each of the characters. The book also gives readers a good sense of what life is like outside of glistening America, showing what living with true fear of tomorrow is like. I would recommend this book to anyone and I highly suggest readers of this article to buy it as well.