The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

“Remind me never to talk with you about a book I like again,” was what my daughter told me when we were discussing The Kite Runner. She hates when I criticize something she likes. Probably everyone and their uncle has read this book already. I don’t know when it came out but it’s been out a while. I have been told by many people that it is good (including my daughter), so I wanted to read it too. I whole hardily agree with them, that is up the point when the main character, Amir, is about to confront the a very nasty general in Kabul who Amir needs to get past to get what he desperately wants – a boy.

Now if you haven’t read the book, skip past this paragraph, because it gives away something that you might figure out on your own, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. So this is the part in the story where Amir is trying to make up for past sins and save the son on his long ago servant and companion/friend. He is in front of a Taliban general who Amir just saw stoning two people for adultery before a soccer stadium filled with people. The general wears glass and a turban so Amir doesn’t know who he is. Well, the general ends up to be the bully from his childhood that created the most significant, guilt rendering situation between Amir’s childhood friend and himself. A situation that has been plaguing him his whole life.

Up to this point Khaled had me. I was believing the story – though I know it’s fiction – hook, line, and sinker. I love when fiction does that; when you’re not sure where fiction begins and the truth ends (or is that the other way round?). That scene just took that belief away from me, and I was disappointed. I was also a little disappointed with what happens with the boy Amir is going after. I don’t think a boy that age could do that (I won’t  give any more away and mention what “that” is), but maybe it could have happened, considering the situation.

Anyway, it is a very good story, and I would recommend it to anyone. I especially enjoyed it as an audio book which was actually read by the author. I like listening to the correct pronunciations of the Afghan language and with an appropriate accent. It made me understand some of what the people of Afghanistan went through, and more understanding of others is always a good thing. But you have to have a strong stomach. This book is not a walk in the park, then many good book aren’t.

One comment on “The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

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