Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Kite Runner- A Good Fiction Read for all!!!


I recently finished this book "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini and would like to share some of my thoughts. I hope this would enable those of you who haven't had a chance to read this, to do so and for those who have read it, to add your comments and expressions.

The book is primarily set in Afghanistan and illustrates beautifully in a poignant manner the budding friendship between an upper class rich boy Amir and his lower class Hazara servant boy Hassan. The author does a through job of testing the waters of true friendship, loyalty, brotherhood and father-son affection in a profound and personal manner. The description of Afghanistan's monarchy to the present day atrocities and situation of the country in current times is a nice timeline.

The later half of the book deals with Amir's life in California, US and also brings out the differences that can be felt in every man's transforming lifestyle. The best thing that i liked about this book is that it brings a very personal tale to your heart that you can empathisize with.

The book is immensely enjoyable that makes it a fast read. I would like to go on more and more about the book, but a google search on the book's reviews would probably do that for you.

Lastly, after reading this book- i had to go back and look at the author Khaled Hosseini's background and am not surprised with the personal link between Amir, the main character and the author himself. (http://www.khaledhosseini.com/writing/index.php?p=3more-3)

A wonderful read for everyone!!!

8 comments:

tt_giant said...

Thanks Mitr. I will check if my county library has this book.

Balaji said...

Good timing :) I've just finished reading a book and was looking for a good recommendation for my next. Will give this one a shot :) just curious, how many pages is this one?

Rags said...

Looking forward to read this book...

mitr_bayarea said...

ttg: I borrowed the book from my local library here, so try yours.

balaji:Thanks. I am not sure on the no. of pages, but should be about 300, but since the book was so engrossing and fast, i didn't keep count of the pages.

Balaji said...

darn! i just checked and there r 34 holds on this book in my library! it came out in 2003 and is already in paperback. can't believe its still in such demand!!

mitr_bayarea said...

balaji-I have taken it from Sunnyvale library; usually Santa Clara is hard to get hold of as the holds are too many.

ada-paavi!!!! said...

nice book, especially when amir and hazara r kids, read it long tome ago
http://srivatsanmurali.blogspot.com/2005/05/kite-runner.html
that is my post on the same book

Ram.C said...

looks intersting.. will chk it out.