“The problem, of course, was that Baba saw the world in black and white. And he got to decide what was black and what was white. You can’t love a person who lives that way without fearing him too. Maybe even hating him a little.”

Genre: Fiction
Pages: 371
Published: May 29, 2003
Rate: 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Goodreads Synopsis
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.

My Take
If you read my 2021 Reading Goals then you are aware that Khaled Hosseini is one of the six authors I wanted to try out this year. I decided to read his works in order of publication so The Kite Runner was first.

I really loved this book. One thing is for sure, Khaled Hosseini knows how to evoke one’s emotions. His description are so vivid that it made me feel like I was one with the characters, going through what they are.

The Kite Runner is one beautiful written book. Simple yet powerful sentences. Khaled Hosseini tackles social issues, and family relations as a major plot point in The Kite Runner and he does it so well, I loved it.

“Perspective was a luxury when your head was constantly buzzing with a swarm of demons”

The characters in The Kite Runner steal the whole show; both the main and secondary ones. Each has a distinct personality and the way they are written in the story, I was impressed! I also love how Khaled Hosseini managed to get me to feel about the characters. Mostly in extremes!

I still can’t believe this was a debut book. With well written plot and great characters, The Kite Runner is a book that I’m glad I got to read, and definitely highly recommend.

Have you read this book? What did you think about it?