Published by Riverhead Books in 2003, Khaled Hosseini wrote The Kite
Runner, a powerful story of love, fear, friendship, redemption, and the reality of the
cruel world we live in. In this tale, you develop a personal relationship with the
characters as you feel their emotions. Khaled Hosseini brings his characters to life
eloquently. The relationship between son and father, rich and poor, countryman
and his country, Pashtun and Hazara, friend and brother, and the conflict within
themselves. Anyone could fall in love with the characters of The Kite Runner.
In the beginning of Hosseini's novel, Hassan and Amir share an astonshing
friendship. Amir, being priviledged, and Hassan, being the Hazara servant boy,
developed a rare bond of brotherhood. The pomegranate tree they spent so many
summer days playing on, seemed to be the symbol of their childhood. Amir longed for
his father's affection, and whenever Hassan recieved more attention from Amir's
father, Amir grew jealous. Amir sacrifices their friendship over a single moment. Hassan
so desperate for his best friend, stays loyal through all the torture Amir put him through.
Best friends ...brothers...torn apart. Assef, the childhood bully, returns later in the story as
one of the Taliban's leaders.He becomes a speed bump in the way of Amir trying to
redeem himself by attaining Hassan's orphaned son, Sohrab, in the poverished streets of
Afghanistan. Amir encounteres many devastating realities as he is in Afghanistan. Once his
home, Kabul now seemes foreign to him. Destroyed by the Russian invaders in the 70's
and the Taliban slaughtering their own people, all of the things Amir and Hassan enjoyed as
children were destroyed. The pomegranate tree, ruined by the war, was dead just as his
entire home was. His home land was completely ruined. The tree, his house, Sohrab's
innocense, the orphaned children of Afghanistan, and Hassan, all broken by the war. In
the end, does Amir ever redeem himself?
The Kite Runner is a very strongly written piece of work. It's first strongest
aspect is the immediacy. Every dramatic event is described with eloquent imagery.
You felt as if it was all real and you were witnessing it right before your own eyes. The
Kite Runner's second strongest aspect is it's symbolism. The slingshot, symbolizing
Hassan, saved Amir oh so many times. The power of the deadly slingshot was passed
down to Hassan's son,...