the kite runner

title: The Kite Runner

author: Khaled Hosseini

genre: Fiction, regret and redemption

suggested by: Zach O.

dates read: Jan 18th-Jan 21st

review: 5 out of 5 stars

summary: Amir and Hassan are best friends, or kind of, since Hassan is a servant for Amir and his father, and Amir wouldn’t ever admit that Hassan and he are friends.  The story begins in the 1970’s in Afghanistan and follows Amir as he grows up, trying to win the affections of his father as a young boy, betraying his most loyal friend, fleeing the country after political upheaval makes it dangerous to stay, marries and settles down in the US, and is drawn back to Afghanistan to make things right.

personal thoughts: I LOVED this book and couldn’t put it down.  It was so gut-wrenching and real, tragic and beautiful.  I hated Amir sometimes but loved the redemption he was able to go through.  It was a well told story, made more impressive by the fact that it was Khaled’s first novel.  If you plan on reading this, make sure you block off a lot of quiet, alone time and grab a box of tissue.

favorite quotes:
“Children aren’t coloring books.  You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.” p. 21

“I wonder if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.” p. 359

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