The Kite runner by Khaled Hosseini

For you a thousand times over!

My first book by Khaled Hosseini and it was a wonderful reading experience. The story touches upon all emotions possible in a human heart.

It is a story of courage and redemption set in the backdrop of Afghanistan’s power struggles and the ensuing human tragedy.

The story revolves around Amir (narrator) and Hassan’s friendship that got estranged due to one cowardly act by Amir. Amir’s guilt known only to him causes him to hate himself and Hassan, who is the epitome of loyalty.

Throughout the novel we are reminded of the social division that exists between a Hazara and Sunni Muslim in Afghanistan. And the narrator’s house is also immersed in this division, since Amir is a Sunni and Hassan, a Hazara.

As Afghanistan gets caught up in successive wars, Amir moves to America with his father where he marries and settles down as a writer Amir is leading a comfortable life till he gets a phone call from Rahim khan, his father’s best friend.

Rahim Khan’s call makes him leave everything and go out into the citadels of Taliban controlled Afghanistan searching for a boy named Sohrab, Hassan’s only son.

This sojourn requires of him great acts of courage through which he is finally redeemed of his guilt.

On reflecting a little more on this novel, I think it reveals how the weakness of humans is used by God to propel us to do greater good. And no good has ever been done without courage in the face of adversity. We are all engaged in a moral drama on earth, a drama where the war between good and evil visible in the world is being fought most fiercely in the battlefield of each individual’s heart.

“I believe this is what true redemption is Amir jan, when guilt leads to good” ~Rahim Khan