The wife recommended The Kite Runner to me a while back and I did what I do when I get recommendations for literary fiction–don’t touch it with a ten foot pole. This is mainly because I’ve found that literary fiction or award-winning books have usually left me disappointed and/or unable finish the book.
(Why literary fiction is not my cup of tea is a whole other topic, which probably I will be touching with a ten-foot pole at some point, but not now.)
Khaled Hosseni’s The Kite Runner though is an extremely well-written book and I am glad that I put aside my prejudices and read it. The book is about Amir, a boy who lost his mother and who craves for the affection of his father, and the book follows his life in Afghanistan before the first war in the 1970s (with the Russian). His best friend Hassan is the servant’s son and Amir struggles with his feelings towards his friend and his position in society. The book follows Amir’s journey from childhood through adulthood across continents and how he wrestles with incidents of his childhood.
While Hosseni tackles the society in Afghanistan and the repercussions of the wars, he never strays from the story and I never felt like he was using the book to make a point. The story is gripping, keeps you engrossed, and makes you want to turn the page to know what happens.
The strong storyline is what makes the book so good and worth reading. Hosseni is also no slouch when it comes to descriptions and language, and characters, so if you’ve not read the book, and like reading fiction, go pick it up.