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The Kite runner- Pure literary gold!
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Member Name: Pinky101
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Advantages: Characters, plot, writer's craft...an amazing book!
At the beginning of this year, I enrolled in an A level English literature class and was told this was the novel we were going to be studying ( among others ). Now, I'm not really big on reading unless there is a cheesy vampire/ware wolf love story involved ( twilight ;P ) but when I forced myself to sit down and read this book I was surprised by how gripping it was... page after page I couldn't set it down, and when I wasn't reading I was thinking about what will happen next, how will the characters' respond?
Eventually, the book and me were inseparable, I took it everywhere with me and I don't think it'd be too dramatic to say a little bond was formed :)
The book contains 25 chapters, in 324 pages and took me about four days to read; but it's safe to say the ending is worth the wait- and Hosseini's craft as a writer surely deserves praise.
Set in Afghanistan, the book begins with some subtle signifiers that there is a flaw in the relationship of main character and narrator Amir, and his father Baba. Amir has a close relationship with his Hazara servant Hassan, whom is treated no different to Amir by his father. The book focuses a lot on caste segregation in Afghanistan, and also the types of culture experienced by the characters- it was interesting for me as a reader to see how life changed for the characters, and how they were unable to live in their district anymore and follow their slow journey to America.
Amir comes across as quite the protagonist in the Kite runner, as it is written in the first person narrator we get to see his thoughts and feelings and perhaps on how this causes a bias of opinion on some of the other characters.
I don't want to spoil things too much for those of you willing to read the book- so I'll just state that there is a problem which the characters ( especially Amir ) has to overcome, but living in America makes it hard for him to make things right and clear his conscience for his past mistakes...He journeys to Pakistan to meet an old friend ( Rahim Khan )- to discuss how to sort these problems and eventually he does, to an extent.
I think the main thing you need to know when thinking about buying this book is that is does have devastating points, but you take away so much from the story- how to keep hold of your relationship and not take people for granted, and most importantly to protect those whom are close to you, as you never know one day you might not have the chance to apologize for your bad choices...
Overall, I can't find a flaw with this novel, as it encapsulated me the entire journey- gripped from beginning to end and if you are like me, with a soft spot for your family then read this book as I can guarantee you will not be disappointed!
I bought my copy from WHSMITH in London, and it cost me just £7.99. And, for the amount I have to learn about this book and also the amount I enjoyed it is a small price to pay! 5 dooyoo stars for this book!
Ps... hope I haven't given too much away! love Pinky xx
Summary: An utterly amazing novel, 5 stars! x