The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner
Author Khaled Hosseini

**Before you read my review, I have to clarify something about myself. I get so engrossed in the books I read, that I internalize them, dream about them, and often incorporate phrases into my vocabulary from them. I believe that is why this book was so unsettling to me. I even debated whether or not to put it on this blog because I was upset and disturbed. However, this is a best seller that has been made into a movie and was highly recommended to me. In the end, I decided that it's better to share what I know, so other readers will be prepared BEFORE they start**

Amir and Hassan enjoy a simple childhood in Kabul, Pakistan. Despite Hassan's lower class standing, he and Amir spend  their days care free, playing by the river and exploring the forest, relatively indifferent to the prejudice that surrounds them. Tragically everything changes when Hassan is raped by a sadistic older boy, and Amir, who lacks the courage to save him, turns cold due to shame and shuns their friendship. Years pass and Amir's family immigrates to America, while Hassan remains behind in the horrifying conditions of Pakistan under Soviet and later, Taliban rule. As an adult Amir learns of Hassan's fate, and must return to Pakistan to help save Hassan's son after Hassan is killed by the Taliban.  Amir is finally given the chance to forgive himself for not helping his friend.

When my friend handed me this book she told me that it was so good, but warned me that it did have a rape. That was the understatement of the year! Had I known the details, I would not have even opened the cover. The victims are young boys and the details are graphic. As I was reading, I was shaking and practically crying. The mental picture was very disturbing to me! You might be thinking, "Duh, why did you keep reading?"... which I have asked myself 100 times, but at the time, I just kept going.  I felt like the story was interesting and educational, not to mention that I was fascinated by life in Pakistan and the conditions which exist there. Plus, I kept thinking I had read the worst... but no, there was more!

So I would say, reader beware! This book is not for the faint of heart (which I must be). While I do think it's good to be aware of the conditions in other parts of the world, I wonder if the author could have portrayed his message in a less explicit way.  Oh and by the way, the language is terrible.

Enjoy (which I didn't)
Becky

3 comments:

  1. Wow. Thank you for sharing this review. This was on my list of books to read and now it's not. It sounded like a good book, but knowing what is in it, I just don't want to even touch it. Thank you.

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  2. I found this book at a garage sale over a year ago and bought it because I heard it was good. But, I also had heard there were some disturbing parts to it. I haven't read it yet because I was afraid of those disturbing parts. I think I will pass on reading it after your review. I know there are awful things going on in this world, but I don't feel like I need to know the details of them. Thanks Becky.

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  3. Thinks for this nice review. I've had this on hold at the library since I first read about it and today I can finally pick it up. I can't wait to read it.

    Mica
    POF Reviews

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