Today, in an all new session of THE READING ROOM, we are going to review “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini

  • Book Description


“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime.”

Khaled Hosseini’s #1 New York Times Bestselling Debut

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashums. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir Journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.


A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic


  • My View  
This novel is probably the 4th or 5th time that I’m reading. This time I’m reading it for my brother’s English project. And when every time I read this novel touches my heart in the same way as it did in the first time. It’s a tale about friendships, how valuable they are and how to cherish them forever. This novel defines the actual meaning of friendship in a whole new way.This book is about 2 boys, living under the same roof, nursed by the same mother, only difference between them is one is a Hazara boy, Hassan and another one, Amir, who belongs from the royal bloodline. But still this caste difference could never weaken their bond of friendship. In fact Amir and Hassan had lot of other differences, like Amir being the physically weakest one, Hassan being the smartest and so on. Their friendship suddenly takes a U-turn, while trying to save Amir from getting beaten by some rogue guys, Hassan gets sexually abused. Since the whole incident was witnessed by Amir’s own eyes, he became cold towards Hassan, basically felt shameful because, being a man; he didn’t have enough strength to save Hassan from getting abused. Then there comes the period when Afghanistan gets invaded by Russia, following which Amir and his Baba jan fled to America leaving behind their name, money, property, memories, Hassan and everything. As time passed, Amir forgot about Hassan. But one day, he gets a call from his homeland, regarding a boy named Shorab, whom he had to save from getting prostituted. When he learns the truth about this kid being Hassan’s only child, he jumps for his rescue, and fights with his life to save the boy from child prostitution and hence he finally adopts him and brings him back to America with him. That’s how Amir honored Hassan’s friendship and loyalty towards him.

The author has represented a very beautiful and serene landscape of Afghanistan, being filled with Cherry trees and children flying kites.

This novel is way too emotional and every time I read, I cry in the same way. Khaled Hosseini has created magic in this tale. His writing is way too flawless and wonderful. No wonder why Khaled Hosseini is one of the greatest authors in the world of his times. This book proves it!

  • My rating: 5/5


Title: The Kite Runner                                                                                                                              

Author: Khaled Hosseini

ISBN-10: 1594480001

ISBN-13: 9781594480003

Genre: Contemporary/Drama/Literature

Publisher: Penguin Berkley Publishing Group Riverhead Books


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So here we come to an end to today’s session of Reading Room

Reviewed By: Aditi Saha (Team WordBite)

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