Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant. Hassan, his servant's son and best friend, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished cast. Their uncommon bond is torn by the hatred that the Pashtuns (Amir's ethnic group) have for the Hazaras. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir travels 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 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. An amazing 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.
The Hazaras were considered the ethnic group that was destined to be laborers, servants and slaves meanwhile, the Pashtuns (ethnic group that Amir belonged in) were considered to be the nobles of Afghanistan. They were not regarded as slaves.
The writing style is very descriptive, appropriate for all ages and easy to understand for teens as well. The language in some parts of the novel is inappropriate.
I liked this book a lot. Due to the uncomfortable nature of the story told, it was uneasy reading the book to the end. Personally I thought that it portrayed it as a war torn, deeply wounded country. It was made quite clear that we saw Afghanistan through the eyes of a doubly privileged class, the rich child. The members of the servant and poorer classes are consistently portrayed as saintly, self-sacrificing, one-dimensional characters. Finally one critic complained. The book fails exactly where it most needs to succeed - in the depiction of the Taliban. I felt that while that need may be great, I didn't see that as the purpose of this book. However, overall I saw this book as one man's journey toward redemption and him reflecting on the past to see what mistakes he can correct. For the personal perspective alone, I think this book is a worthwhile, if sometimes uncomfortable, read. If you let it, it may make you a better person.
Book Reviewed by Lesego Nazo
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