Having been a classic, The Kite Runner is a comprehensive tale of friendship, family & love. It is told against the history of Afghanistan.
The book is so popular, that in 2007, director Marc Forster directed a movie, based on the novel which later got nominations for Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
After the film was released, it created some controversy as it has some gruesome rape scenes which outraged the Afghan community. To top that, many child actors even were threatened with death threats.
About The Author Khaled Hosseini
Born in Afghanistan’s Kabul IN 1965, Khaled Hosseini is one of the New York Times bestselling authors. He came from a well-educated family as his father was an Afghan Foreign Ministry diplomat and his mother was a teacher who taught history and Farsi.
Khaled, later on, moved to San Jose, CA, USA in September 1980 as Afghanistan had witnessed the invasion of the Soviet Army and a communist coup.
The author began writing and working on his first book while practicing medicine in 2001.
His debut book, The Kite Runner went on to achieve huge success. His other top works are And the Mountains Echoed and A Thousand Splendid Suns.
He enjoys a blissful life with his wife & 2 kids in Northern California.
The Kite Runner Theme Analysis
Like many other books, The Kite Runner too has multiple themes. Firstly, it portrays a father and son’s relationship well and also depicts the ups and downs heading towards mutual admiration and respect.
Also, the story has other themes, such as guilt and redemption, politics and society, violence and rape, betrayal, friendship, religion, and more.
In addition, the novel also helps the readers to get familiar with what it means to be for immigrant communities that are displaced from their country.
The Kite Runner Synopsis/Summary & Characters
There are 4 main characters in the book; Amir, Baba, Hassan, and Rahim Khan. Other additional characters who have a great part as well are; Sohrab, Soraya, Assef, Wali, Kamal, Sofia Akrami, Sanaubar, General Taheri, Farid, Farzana, and Sharif.
It tells a beautiful tale between Amir, a wealthy Afghan boy, and his father’s servant’s son, Hassan. Later on, as the story builds up, Amir later finds out that Hassan was his half-sibling. The book is set around 1978 during the Soviet invasion in Kabul, Afghanistan.
As already mentioned, The Kite Runner is a mixture of the harshness of rape and violence, the kind of power fathers tend to have over sons, the cost of betrayal, and also the struggle for redemption.
The Kite Runner Strength And Weakness
The book, The Kite Runner doesn’t sugarcoat and demand to accept the multiple characters and their circumstances. And some things such as Amir’s emotional journey can be easily related.
Furthermore, universal themes such as redemption and guilt are handled in a way that all find compelling, Overall, it is not a manipulative exercise and is a well-said novel.
Well, every story has some bad sides and in the case of this one is that it contains some very graphic mention of rape scenes plus some explicit language. Many find it difficult and troublesome to picture it when they read it.
Rating Parameters and My Take on The Book
With an overall rating of 4 to 5 stars out of 5 on almost all the sites, The Kite Runner is a must-read for all if you are a book fanatic. Since there are some explicit contents, I recommend one to read it when he/she is in their mid-teens.
Furthermore, one may say that the story has way too much violence, sex, and swearing, but it too has got some great role models that have messages with educational value.
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