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The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is the unforgettable, heartbreaking story of an unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant. It's about the power... of reading, the cost of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption, as well as the influence of fathers over their sons—their love, sacrifices, and lies.
The Kite Runner is the first Afghan novel to be written in English, and it tells a sweeping story of family, love, and friendship against a backdrop of history that has never been told in fiction before, evoking the large canvases of nineteenth-century Russian writers. But, while the narration is old-fashioned, the subject—the devastating history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years—is modern. The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful debut that is both emotionally gripping and tender.
It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn't make everything all right. It didn't make ANYTHING all right. Only a smile. A tiny thing. A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird's flight. But I'll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting. - Amir
Rather than settle for a coming-of-age or travails-of-immigrants story, Hosseini has folded them both into this searing spectacle of hard-won personal salvation. All this, and a rich slice of Afghan culture too: irresistible.
I think the 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.
Amir's story is simultaneously devastating and inspiring. His world is a patchwork of the beautiful and horrific, and the book a sharp, unforgettable taste of the trauma and tumult experienced by Afghanis as their country buckled.