One of the only things that I dislike about being back at university is that I never seem to find the time to read. Well, obviously I get to read a lot of journal articles… but I don’t really allow myself the free time to read for pleasure. However, recently I finished The Kite Runner, a novel by an author who is quickly becoming one of my favourites, Khaled Hosseini.
After reading Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, I didn’t think that any of his other books would compare. But this absolutely did. The Kite Runner is a heart-braking story set primarily in Afghanistan, and is based around the story of Amir, a privileged young boy craving acceptance from his father, and what this need for approval leads to. Central to the novel is Amir’s complicated friendship with Hassan, which has both aspects of light-heartedness as the boys navigate through their way through their childhoods, as well as devastating events that change the course of both of their futures.
I love the culture of the book, feeling transported to a world which in reality I don’t know. And it certainly was a novel that pulled on my heart-strings, with intense plot twists, and central themes of pain, guilt and loss. Hosseini writes in such a way that you become incredibly invested in the characters, willing for them to catch a break out of the spiral of heart-ache and trauma they face.
This book is definitely one that you need to spend time on, and is an intense read. But it is absolutely worth it – The Kite Runner is certainly a novel that I would highly recommend.
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