The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Synopsis: An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from the final days of Afghanistan’s monarchy to the atrocities of the present.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption. And it is also about the power of fathers over sons — their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
My Thoughts: I had read good and bad reviews about this book before I started it and was prepared to go either way with it. In the end I really enjoyed the story and the peek into pre-revolution, pre-war, pre-Taliban Afghanistan.
The Kite Runner sucked me in to the story and I felt compelled to rush through to the end. Although there are some graphic and disturbing moments I never felt as though Hosseini was merely trying to shock, these are the realities of life, not just in war torn foreign countries but right here in the U.S. as well. There is a moment when Amir begins to understand the nature of forgiveness and acceptance that really struck a chord with me.
I would caution allowing pre-teens and sensitive teens to read this as it has moments of graphic violence.