Monday, July 2, 2012

Review of "The Kite Runner"

  • Just finished reading the novel 'The Kite Runner' a Bloomsbery publication written by Khaled Hosseini. It narrates the relationship between two, Amir and Hassan who spent their spacious childhood in an upscale Kabul residency but were destined to depart on the fateful day pregnant with victory as well as tragedy.

    Russian invasion and Talibans unholy presence have brought devils down for Afghans to drive them out of their homeland. Amir with his father Agha Sahib have left to America for leading a life of refugee. As soon as the caring father left Amir forever, to his surprise he finds Hassan is not a son of their servant but his half-brother. Will he hate his father ? Guilt conscious Amir laments the cruelty shown to Hassan by him being envy of affection Agha Sahib was showing to Hassan. He has flown back to war ravaged Kabul to rescue Hassan. But found him dead. He could rescue his son Soharab. Adopted Soharab has not been able to forget the past and the onslaught of Talibans. One Afghan New Year day Amir has taken the role of a Kite runner what Hassan, the father of Soharab, was to him in their child hood.

    Hosseini master story teller runs the story line carrying eastern emotions and western rationality keeping both sociopolitical scenarios in mind. His literary hand with excellency has woven the novel with apt words, punch lines and finer details leading to a captivating master piece


अनामक, संज्ञारहित (Anonymous) said...


'The Kite Runner' is a book that does not allow you to put it down because you become a part of it. Somehow the author makes you feel the joy and pain of the characters and in the end leaves it with hope and memories.

For me, it is one of the best books I have read and revisited. Khaled Hosseini is truly a master story teller. 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' is another must read.

Hrushikesha Mohanty said...

Yes, your view is hundred percent true. I also liked the novel a lot.