May 24, 2008

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable, beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan nonetheless grow up in different worlds; Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara, member of a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When the Soviets invade and Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him. (from google books)

Finally, a book that both WD and I loved! I could not put this book down. It's a little hard to read in a couple of places because of the difficult subject matter but overall it was just an awesome book. We're looking forward to seeing the movie soon. I learned a lot about Afghanistan and their culture. I can't wait to read Hosseini's second book, A Thousand Splendid Suns.


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This is a great book indeed!