The Kite Runner Online PDF by Khaled Hosseini
Click Here to Download the Book A novel set mostly in Afghanistan. The introverted and insecure afghan narrator, Amir, grows up in Afghanistan in the closing years of the monarchy and the first years of the short-lived republic. His best and most faithful friend, Hassan, is the son of a servant. Amir feels he betrays Hassan by not coming to his aid when Hassan is set on by bullies and furthermore forces Hassan and his father Ali to leave his father´s service. Amir´s relatively privileged life in Kabul comes to an end when the communist regime comes to power and his extrovert father, Baba emigrates with him to the U.S. There Amir meets his future afghan wife and marries her. Amir´s father dies in the U.S. and Amir receives a letter from his father´s most trusted business partner and, for a time, Amir´s surrogate father, which makes Amir return, alone, to a Taliban-dominated Afghanistan in search of the truth about himself and his family, and finally, a sort of redemption.
Reviews I've heard so much about *The Kite Runner*. There are mixed reactions from friends who have read this book. I told myself that I would read it but kept putting it off. It wasn't until the release of Hosseini's newest book, *A Thousand Splendid Suns*, that I told myself that I just had to buy the book and read it. I'm so glad that I did because I just fell in love with the whole story. I loved it even more when I closed it with a good cry. Now, that's a good author with a good book! *The Kite Runner* is a story about two Afghan boys, Amir and Hassan. Amir is a Sunni and is the motherless son of a wealthy man, Baba. Hassan is a Sha'i and is an illiterate servant of Amir's household. Think of it almost like India's caste system. However, these societial rules and roles doesn't prevent the boys from playing with each other. They're not just friends but more like "brothers". They are that close to each other. Meanwhile, other boys often ridicule Amir for being close to his Sha'i servant. Despite their friendship, Hassan knows his position and remains closely devoted to Amir. Amir loves Hassan but sometimes takes their friendship for granted. All I can say is that this book keeps you entertained with Amir's rocky friendship with Hassan, his enigmatic relationship with his wealthy father, the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, his immigration to America, his marriage to Soraya and his return to Afghanistan in search for Hassan. Hosseini does a fantanstic job with scenery description, personal thoughts of Amir and the build-up of suspense. With all of these, no wonder the story was awesome. Plus, with a good cry at the end, you just cannot help but love the book. I will definitely get the second book!
There is nothing about this book I didn't like. It was moving, thought-provoking, and engrossing. It wasn't what I would call "action-packed", but I was overwhelmed with curiosity about the fates of the characters and that's what kept me reading. The book really begins in Kabul in the 1970s and ends in late 2001. Although it is fiction, I thought it was very descriptive and gave me a better perspective of what it would be like if I were born somewhere else than most things I have read. Throughout the main character Amir's journey, we see what life was like for a privileged upper-class boy growing up in Kabul, dramatically contrasted with his playmate and servant Hassan, who is of
the same age. We see the different twists and turns of their respective lives and how affected they are by caste, honor, and the Afghan way of thinking. Throughout Amir's life, he yearns for his father's approval and affection, struggles with his own honor, and fights his own conscience to resolve the relationship he had to Hassan as a child. This memory haunts him until the very end of the book, and he searches his whole life for a way to escape it, until the day he realizes he needs to find a way to atone for it, instead. We watch Afghanistan change over the decades, with Russian occupation followed by the oppresive rule of the Taliban, and finally the tragic events of 9/11 and their aftermath, which Amir watches on the news from afar. We follow Amir and his father, whom he calls Baba, as they escape to Pakistan and later to California. We watch Amir fall in love, get married, and struggle to begin a family. We grow up with Amir, see him become a better man, an stumble into some shocking revelations as he reaches adulthood and come face to face with the death of Kabul as he knew it as a boy. This book caused me to empathize as much as I could with a man whose life was as different as mine as I could imagine. I felt my mind was opened to experiences I hadn't given much thought to.
This is one of those stories that will stay with you for a while. It made me think of the times you hear people say to foreigners, "Go back to where you came from!" Although this is fiction, these ignorant, yet fortunate Westerners just have no idea of what kind of lives these people from war torn countries have lead and escaped from, in order to seek a better life. I listened to the audiobook, read by the author and it was a very emotional, touching story that had me welling up with tears multiple times. I didn't like Amir very much to begin with, but throughout the story I became to see that he was only human and was just learning to cope with his emotions. Hassan and Baba were truly beautiful characters. I can't wait to see how they're all portrayed in the movie version.
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