Sunday, August 15, 2010
The Kite Runner
I just finished The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. What an awesome book. I could not put it down. It's the story of two boys growing up in Afghanistan: Amir & Hassan. Hassan is the son of his family's servant and they are friends. Coming from different classes has its limits on their friendship. After an unspeakable event happens to one of their boys, their friendship is forever changed.
The story also provides a history lesson to the reader bringing us through the invasion of Afghanistan by Russia, Afghanistan residents escaping to Pakistan & becoming refugees, and the rise of the Taliban.
Amir & his father end up moving to the Bay Area of California which was interesting to read about. I loved reading about another culture, their rules & guidelines about how to handle certain situations.
There are many twists & turns in this book that made me not want to stop reading. Erik actually told me to 'put that thing down' (the book) because I was trying to sneak a read in while he turned his back during breakfast. haha.
Anyway, awesome book. Definitely recommend. I have the A Thousand Splendid Suns by the same author that is a book about two women in Afghanistan which I think I will read next.