The Kite Runner is a novel by Khaled Hosseini. The Kite Runner tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, who befriends Hassan, his father’s young Hazara servant. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the Soviet invasion, the mass exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime. [wikipedia]
But really, it’s not about that, or at least not only about that. Throughout all these events, the author has an incredible talent of getting you to hold on to your book at times with teary smiling eyes, to turning your face away from the book because you cannot take it anymore; take the cruelty of conscious guilt, the sad reality that evil exists with no reason, and that bad things happen to good people.
I must admit that I stopped reading this book at times because I was not in my best shape and that book made me cry. But this doesn’t mean I am not recommending it. In fact, and you probably already know, The Kite Runner is a classic book, it’s a must read according to many sources, it has even been turned on to a movie (which I am yet to watch).
Yet the reason I am recommending it, is not because of how famous this book is or how talented the author is, it is because this book makes you think of “what would I have done?”, “why did he react this way?”, “how could he?”, “what was he thinking”, “I am better than that”, “what is friendship?”, “what does it entitle?”, “am I a good friend?”, “from where did he get the courage to do that?”, “how come it’s not a Disney story where everything works out just perfectly?”, “why aren’t things okay yet?”…
Making you feel innocent and naive in some parts, dirty & stupid in others, strong & courageous at one point, vulnerable yet full of dignity, as well as hard working and perseverant, to eventually not giving up. And flying a kite is just like that.
If you’re not scared to get in touch with your feelings, fly a kite, and read the book.