Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, reviewed by Varun Bhargava

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Reviewed by
Varun Bhargava
School: Gyan Mandir Public School

About the Author: Hosseina was born in Kabul where his father worked for the Afghanistan Foreign Ministry. Hosseini graduated from Independence High School in San Jose in 1984 and enrolled at Santa Clara University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1988. The following year, h entered the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, where he earned his MD in 1993. He practiced medicine until a year and a half after the release of the Kite Runner.

In Afghanistan, young Amir’s earliest memories of life in Kabul are blessed with a cultural heritage that values tradition, blood ties and a deeply rooted cultural identity. Amir enjoys the luxury of education, material comfort and a constant playmate, the son of his father’s longtime Hazare servant, Hassan. Twice in his lifetime, Amir is morally tested in his relationship with Hassan. The first time, a victim of his own arrogance, Amir fails his companion. Hiding behind the superiority class, Amir choses the path of least resistance, but the scar of betrayal cuts through his soul and never heals. Returned to his homeland at the request of an old family friend, the second challenge is equally parlors, and Amir realizes the very real implications of his decision. Played out on the world stage, a desperate battle to preserve the a cultural heritage of Afghanistan spans Amir’s life in Kabul and America while Amir and his father reside safely in America, their homeland is decimated by constant warfare- streets lined with beggars, fatherless children. Against the start landscape, the adult Amir is challenged as never before, charged with the protection of a life already scared by the random violence visited upon the disenfranchised. Complications abound, but the answer lies in humanity’s capacity for kindness. The grace of acceptance heals the wounds of brutality, for with forgiveness anything is possible, even the wild joy of soaring kites against a winter sky.

I recommend this book for all the book lovers in this world.

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