The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a wonderful tale of friendship, betrayal, and redemption.
Amir is a boy living in Kabul with his wealthy father, Baba. The only thing he really wants in this world is love and praise from his father, which he is shown rarely. His best friend is Hassan, who is actually his servant. Amir finally earns his father’s praise when he wins a kite racing contest. However, he loses his best friend at the same time. When he witnesses Hassan being brutally attacked by the neighborhood bully Assef, instead of helping, he chooses to stay on course and take the kite home to his father. But this betrayal leads to agony. Amir can no longer face Hassan, and his guilt leads him to further disgrace his friend to the point where Hassan and his mother leave their home.
Many years later, he is living in California when he learns that Hassan and his wife had been killed by the Taliban, but that their son remains in a deplorable orphanage in Kabul. Amir intends to right his wrong, but he’ll have to face an old enemy.
I really stepped out of my comfort zone when I read this book. I am so glad I took that step. This was a remarkable, heart-wrenching story. It is beautifully written.
Favorite Quotes from the Kite Runner:
“For you, a thousand times over”
“I opened my mouth, almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned out differently if I had. But I didn’t.”