Monday, October 3, 2011

Tuesday ~ Book Review : 21

Morning Everyone,

     Hope your day started well and that god would be gracious and merciful on all of us. Well, I am Abhishek from Another Author and do fiction reviews for bluebell books. So here is the review for the week:

    The Kite Runner tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, who betrayed his best friend Hassan, the son of his father's Hazara servant, and lives in regret. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of the monarchy in Afghanistan through the Soviet invasion, the mass exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime.

    The Kite Runner of Khaled Hosseini's deeply moving fiction debut is an illiterate Afghan boy with an uncanny instinct for predicting exactly where a downed kite will land. Growing up in the city of Kabul in the early 1970s, Hassan was narrator Amir's closest friend even though the loyal 11-year-old with "a face like a Chinese doll" was the son of Amir's father's servant and a member of Afghanistan's despised Hazara minority. But in 1975, on the day of Kabul's annual kite-fighting tournament, something unspeakable happened between the two boys.     Narrated by Amir, a 40-year-old novelist living in California, The Kite Runner tells the gripping story of a boyhood friendship destroyed by jealousy, fear, and the kind of ruthless evil that transcends mere politics. Running parallel to this personal narrative of loss and redemption is the story of modern Afghanistan and of Amir's equally guilt-ridden relationship with the war-torn city of his birth. The first Afghan novel to be written in English, The Kite Runner begins in the final days of King Zahir Shah's 40-year reign and traces the country's fall from a secluded oasis to a tank-strewn battlefield controlled by the Russians and then the trigger-happy Taliban. When Amir returns to Kabul to rescue Hassan's orphaned child, the personal and the political get tangled together in a plot that is as suspenseful as it is taut with feeling.      The son of an Afghan diplomat whose family received political asylum in the United States in 1980, Hosseini combines the unflinching realism of a war correspondent with the satisfying emotional pull of master storytellers such as Rohinton Mistry. Like the kite that is its central image, the story line of this mesmerizing first novel occasionally dips and seems almost to dive to the ground. But Hosseini ultimately keeps everything airborne until his heartrending conclusion in an American picnic park.


     Has anyone gone through the book? Yeah, I have and I couldn't stop once I started reading. Did you read any other book by Khaled Hosseini?? Liked them?? Tell me how you feel about his style of writing!! 

with warm regards

Help from Wikipedia and Amazon (review of book by Lisa Alward) are taken very generously while preparing this post.


Morning said...

amazing review.

impressed by the vivid explanations.

way to go, Allmypost.

Anonymous said...

I seen many reviews about this book but have still not got around to reading it. Your review might just be the one that does!

trojanwalls said...

I read the book and watched the movie. The movie was one of the rare ones that was wonderfully faithful to the book and got the character casting right for once. The story was gripping, astonishing and made me spend at least half an hour deeply hating the young Amir, before his guilt made me forgive him partly. It was definitely moving and the ending was perfect.

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

You really did a very beautiful review of this book. I'll check it out...