How many homes have war destroyed? How many smiles have wars wiped? How many lives have wars cost? Around 40 million in the first World War. Another 70-85 million in the second. These wars call for loyalty from people towards their nations. But what happens when there is betrayal? (No, this book is not about rebellion or a Prisoner of War) What if one betrays someone who is the closest to them? Welcome to ‘The Kite Runner’.
Set up in the background of the Afghanistan War, the book takes us through gruesome events in the background. However, the story is centred around Hassan and Amir, two close friends. Amir is a young rich boy. While Hassan is the son of Amir’s servant. A friendship so beautiful comes to an end. Not because of the war outside but a betrayal.
Where does one reach with actions to run away from guilt? A war inside. A conflict in heart and mind. What if there is a chance to redeem? Not everyone is blessed with this chance but Amir definitely is!
Why should this be your first read?
Many people want to develop the habit of reading. For some, it comes naturally. While others find it difficult. Reading is a great activity, all we need sometimes is to pick the correct book. Someone who hates romance should not pick up a romance novel in the first try. The first step should be to pick something that you will like. Eventually, you can expand your reading scope. However, the first book will decide and shape your reading habits further.
This is why The Kite Runner is the perfect book for anyone. It talks about friendship, betrayal, and redemption. These are very human things that we all face.
Moreover, the Kite Runner cannot be summarized to match its originality. Khalid Hosseini received great love for his debut. Moreover, through his simple yet beautiful words, he weaved a story so heart touching. This is exactly why you should read it!
The novel in its simple words takes us through friendship. One of those simple kinds that all of us has had. The one before social media came up. A throwback to the good old times when we used to fly kites. We have shared such bonds and made mistakes, if not betrayed them.
We might not be a Pashtun boy but we all have done similar things. So get ready because if you pick this book then you embark on a journey that becomes yours as much as it is Amir’s!
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