The book The Kite Runner by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini is a gripping and emotional story of betrayal and redemption which would thrill and move the readers at the same time. The unforgettable, touching story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant who grew up together in a peaceful in prejudiced Kabul (Afghanistan), which changes dramatically when the Taliban arrives.
This book is a beautifully crafted novel all set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. The Kite Runner looks at how the main character, Amir, deals with a secret in his past and how that secret shaped who he became. The p superior social status causes a power difference him and Hassan, which becomes complicated later when Amir learns that Hassan is his half-brother. The protagonist's Amir even feels responsible for the Taliban murdering Hassan because he thinks that it was because he pushed Hassan and Ali out of Baba's house. The ambiguity in Amir's behaviour is also fascinating while he deeply loves Hassan, but he treats him with great cruelty.
The Kite Runner brings out the themes of class, good and evil, friendship and family. The novel depicts the central relationship between Baba and Amir, as Amir struggles to win his father's affections, and Baba tries to love a son who is nothing like him. Amir was jealous of Hassan being well-treated by his father. His jealousy is explicitly expressed when Baba remembers Hassan's birthday and gives him a gift. He felt that Baba did care more for Hassan than him. The novel got its name from the plot of kite flying tournament after which Amir and Hassan drifted apart. It tells of Amir's childhood friendship with Hassan, his relationship with his father and growing up in a privileged place in society, moving to USA Amir and his father are forced to flee Afghanistan. Amir views coming to America as an opportunity to leave his past behind, and then the novel flashes back to Amir's childhood in Afghanistan.
Furthermore, knowing the fact that Hassan was his half brother from Rahim Khan, he was more driven by the feeling of brotherhood and tried to seek forgiveness towards Hassan by rescuing Sohrab. In the book, Amir atones for his ill-treatment with Hassan by bringing Sohrab to America. The novel ends implying that Sohrab will begin to open up to Amir and that Amir will continue to find redemption in fatherhood.
The book is simple yet endearing, short yet everlasting. The novel is tender because Hosseini made its characters try their damn best to do what's right. Hosseini is much more interested in plot development and irony depiction. This book is fascinating because it reflects people's natural behaviour. It also discusses the life of Afghani people during the period of the Russian invasion of the Taliban regime. Overall, the novel is gripping and deep-rooted, something that adheres to readers' mind and soul.
By Esha Mahendra
Image Source- Google