Random Reads: The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a book that was suddenly everywhere I looked. For a long time the title failed to interest me, then I found it in a thrift store and decided it was worth the risk.  Once I got the book home, it sat on my shelf, completely ignored. I wasn’t sure I would find it very interesting. I’m glad to say I was wrong!

I dug into The Kite Runner one night and couldn’t put it down until I was finished. The story gripped me from the start and kept me interested all the way through until the end. Not only was the storyline interesting and the characters real, but I found the customs and manners of the Afghan people very intriguing, as well.

The story is told from the point of view of Amir, a young Afghan boy. The novel centers on his friendship with Hassan, a boy who is the son of his father’s servant. Despite their differences, the two are close friends who spend much time together, sharing experiences and secrets. Their world is completely torn apart in the space of just a few moments. Neither boy is ever the same again.

The Kite Runner is about true friendship, sacrifice, betrayal, the longing for redemption, and finally, forgiveness. It’s a story about how secrets can hurt and haunt and affect us for years. It’s a powerful example of how our world can be changed in just a few seconds, but also, it’s how we choose to respond to that change that ultimately takes us down one path or another. Hosseini shows us, very powerfully, that it’s never too late to expose our secrets, make things right, and receive forgiveness – even if that forgiveness can only comes from ourselves.


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