Book Review: The Kite Runner

March 19, 2009

Maybe I’m a little late, since Khaled Hosseini’s  The Kite Runner was printed in 2003 and is a New York Times bestseller, but I just read it yesterday and it’s great, so I thought I’d tell you guys about it.

This novel spans from about 1975 to present day, and is set mainly in Afghanistan. It focuses on the life of the narrator, Amir, a privileged 12-year-old in 1975 who wants nothing more than to make his successful father proud of him. Unfortunately, his talents lie not in athletics, but in writing. His father is not impressed. Eventually, gaining his father’s approval will require Amir to turn his back on his best friend and loyal servant, Hassan. It’s a terrible summary and covers less than half of the book, but it’s about all I can say without ruining the story.

Kite Runner is dark and really depressing and violent and a bit graphic in places, and yet a fantastic read with a happy ending – similar to Hosseini’s next novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, also a great book and highly recommended.

In conclusion, this review really sucks, but the book does not. You should read it.

And here’s a picture of my happy baby, who is one month old today.

Happy Baby
-Caitlin

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