Kite Runner Book Review
By: David Ongchoco
Afghans like to say: “Life goes on, unmindful of beginning, end…crisis or catharsis, moving forward like a slow dusty caravan of kochis [nomads].” This quote was fully embodied in the story of Kite Runner, where despite all the difficulties, hardships, sorrows, devastating events, the world didn’t pause for Amir, it simply continued.
Kite Runner is a story that was able to successfully cook into one melting pot a plethora of riveting plots together with a fistful of life changing lessons and values. From the first few chapters to the very end, you will be catching your breath, anxiously anticipating what awaits Amir, the novel’s main character.
Without a doubt, Kite Runner is one of the most poignant books ever and definitely hits home in every single aspect of ground-breaking literature.
The story starts off with the friendship of Amir, the son of the rich and influential Baba and his friend, Hasaan, the son of their servant. Amir and Hasaan’s friendship is what sets up the story but you will soon realize that this same friendship is what leads to unexpected developments.
At the core of this novel are several values and themes Khaled Hosseini is able to impart to the readers through the adventures of Amir and the myriad unique personalities he meets throughout his journey of sorrow, hope and redemption.
Another important theme and source of conflict in this novel is from the concept of family. This is emphasized throughout the story from the very beginning when Amir tries to gain his father’s good faith by winning the Kite Running Tournament, and until the very end, where Amir himself turns into a father figure.
Kite Runner was also able to highlight and portray to us the differences in culture, beliefs in different states and countries and how this ultimately, affects the lifestyle and mentality of people. At the same time, we see how some people are not willing to conform to societal...
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