Title: The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Yearly Count: 33
Da bomb! That would be the summary of this review, but if you want the review in more than two words here you go:
The Kite Runner is a book of boyhood, friendship, caste systems, love, sons and fathers, war and travels to new lands, new unknowns...a book journey that will rip you raw of feeling, and then put you back together again, not the same, but changed. It is Powerful, honest, ravishing and fully lovable.
Really, if you have not read this book yet you need to. I waited a long time, too long, and I will not forgive myself for doing that. However when I grabbed up The Kite Runner I finished it within a couple of days, because at every point when I was given a moment to read I did. I am always thrilled a to find a book that practically reads itself to me, and this book by Hosseini was that, when I would set it down I would think about when the next time was when I would have a couple minutes to return to it, and the during the day I would constantly catch myself thinking about it, about Afghanistan, about Amir and Hassan, about their fathers and their lives, so different from mine. I traveled there in my mind, to an imaginary place, all the components of the book worked together to form my image of my own Afghanistan. I know it is not right, it is not what it really is...but in imagining I feel closer, like I have a friend from there who has told me about it.
The introspective aspect of The Kite Runner was incredible, I enjoyed the personal journey the men and women in this book were on. They live life in a fragrant honestly that attached me to them for life. I am connected, with their desires, their downfalls, their hopes and dreams and when they laid it all bare and allowed for judgment to flow it did as well. I hated Amir just as much as I loved him, I saw myself in different aspects of different people throughout the whole book. This is one that I will cherish and will re-read when the time comes. There is not enough that I can say about this book, just not enough. If you have read it you know why, and if you haven't you must find out.
And I know that for sure I will read A Thousand Splendid Suns...CAN'T WAIT!
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