Monday, September 29, 2014

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner
by
Khaled Hosseini

Stand Alone.
Page Count: 401

My Rating: ★★★★★ Brilliant!
Current Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.21

Synopsis:
“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime." 
Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashums. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir's choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

Hassan:
FOR YOU, A THOUSAND TIMES OVER!

Thissss.. was an hjhfdxgfgvbkj (speechless) book.
Honestly, I'm becoming more pulled towards books with classic-y feelings lately, and stories like these are the reason why. It's just so timeless and magical!

First, I was skeptical about this because I haven't read much historical fiction, plus it didn't really help that everytime I went to school, my friend was like 'Oh my gosh Cassie, that is such a weird and inappropriate book!'

*facepalm*

Yes it was a bit inappropriate, no it wasn't weird. Now we got that sorted out, moving on.

 It's centred around Afghanistan, which I am quite sad so say I have no clue about it's history :/ *cough*Notmyfault..wellmaybebutshhh

The time period this book goes through is reaaaally extensive. Amir is telling us about his story, and it begins with his 13 year old self, and we're still with him when he's like 34 or something 0.o Oldd! I haven't read many stories where the characters are full grown adults! Woah.
(If you're wondering, I checked and no it isn't YA. Apparently it's an adult book.. partly because Amir ain't no young adult and there are some mature themes.)

 There is SO much character development with Amir as we literally live through most his life. It was seriously wacky XD But I got attached with all the people, (Hassan<3) and although some of them didn't get a happy ever after..... nothing seemed rushed and random.

If you see it one way, there really wasn't a definite plot line either. It was like the story just went ooon and ooon right until Amir forgave himself (kind of).. and that's when it finally stopped. Took long enough :P

Sounds strange? A bit maybe. But give it a go. :)

We could also see how America and Afghanistan contrasted back then. And how the poor and rich differed; how people in opposite classes considered each other, and just general human things. Enlightening :0 Dun dun dun!

Bottom Line:
Beautiful book, characters you live through hardships with. Tis truly a powerful impacting book that will put in views of people you've never really considered. Highly recommendedd!

Wowzers short review.
But it really seems like i'm reading nothing but amazing books these days, no?! :D *is proud*

—MissOddball™ Over and Out.